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Old 10-19-2010, 01:38 PM
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Question about membrane stripping

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I have my 39 week appointment on friday. At my appt last friday I was 1.5cm dilated and 70% effaced. I'm hoping I can have my membranes stripped this time if I haven't gone into labor. Does anyone know how dilated one needs to be to have it done?
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Old 10-19-2010, 01:52 PM
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lol yep. they wanted to strip my membranes when I was just over 40 weeks with e but I wasn't dilated (and I didn't want them to anyway) at all and she flew out a day before they were going to check again.
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I was 2cm and I went into labor the night my membranes were stripped. Ouchy though
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lol yep. they wanted to strip my membranes when I was just over 40 weeks with e but I wasn't dilated (and I didn't want them to anyway) at all and she flew out a day before they were going to check again.
Well Shireen, you are definitely an atypical case!!!

I am glad to hear they can strip the membranes at 1-2cm!! I can tell I am starting the process, have had period like cramps for the past few nights and a few contractions that were different than BH so I think she is ready... Just want to help her swim toward the light
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Well Shireen, you are definitely an atypical case!!!

I am glad to hear they can strip the membranes at 1-2cm!! I can tell I am starting the process, have had period like cramps for the past few nights and a few contractions that were different than BH so I think she is ready... Just want to help her swim toward the light
i hope you have your baby soon, Liz. the last few weeks are daunting, but it will all be over before you know it and you'll have another sweet baby to love. i'm excited for you.
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I had it done and it did nothing for me.
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awwww so close!! i've been away for so long i can't believe you are delivering soon!!! and yep, me too had baby the night they stripped my membranes for both kids =)
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This thread is making pregnancy sound very scary.
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This thread is making pregnancy sound very scary.
it's not nearly as scary as we think it is. i mean, i did it six times, and many have had several children...can't be THAT bad.
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They did mine while I was in the hospital in labor with Abram...not sure it helped. And she did it 2 days before I was induced with Evan...basically all it did with him is make me bleed. It hurt.
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now that we all discussed our experiences...i will give my $.02
i wouldn't do it. just because you "can" doesn't mean you "should".

babies have a remarkable way of letting it be known when they're ready (the VAST majority of the time; of course there are exceptions)...and when they're ready, you'll be ready.

say you have your membranes stripped and your water actually breaks. if you don't labor and deliver within 24 hours, you know what happens. is it really worth a few days? i'm not trying to lecture anyone, and of course it's up to you and your doctor, but i've seen and heard about many frustrating experiences with stripping membranes. that's why i was refusing to let them do it to me...luckily nature stopped them instead.
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now that we all discussed our experiences...i will give my $.02
i wouldn't do it. just because you "can" doesn't mean you "should".

babies have a remarkable way of letting it be known when they're ready (the VAST majority of the time; of course there are exceptions)...and when they're ready, you'll be ready.

say you have your membranes stripped and your water actually break
s. if you don't labor and deliver within 24 hours, you know what happens. is it really worth a few days? i'm not trying to lecture anyone, and of course it's up to you and your doctor, but i've seen and heard about many frustrating experiences with stripping membranes. that's why i was refusing to let them do it to me...luckily nature stopped them instead.
Does this happen? I didn't know that was a risk...
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Does this happen? I didn't know that was a risk...
yes it can. anytime the membranes are manipulated, they can rupture. maybe not immediately, but the irritation can cause them to rupture before they normally would...causing the spiraling effect if baby isn't quite ready to make her entrance. it can also increase the chance of meconium in the amniotic fluid; baby gets stressed out by the contractions and irritability it can cause and they pass their first meconium in utero. although these risks are relatively low, i personally would never recommend a membrane sweep to anyone until well after their due date.

...but that's just me. i'm conservative when it comes to labor and delivery because i truly feel that women's bodies are equipped to manage both labor and delivery quite well 99.99% of the time; it's the interference and doctor-inspired time limits that cause the majority of problems for women and babies.

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yes it can. anytime the membranes are manipulated, they can rupture. maybe not immediately, but the irritation can cause them to rupture before they normally would...causing the spiraling effect if baby isn't quite ready to make her entrance. it can also increase the chance of meconium in the amniotic fluid; baby gets stressed out by the contractions and irritability it can cause and they pass their first meconium in utero. although these risks are relatively low, i personally would never recommend a membrane sweep to anyone until well after their due date.

...but that's just me. i'm conservative when it comes to labor and delivery because i truly feel that women's bodies are equipped to manage both labor and delivery quite well 99.99% of the time; it's the interference and doctor-inspired time limits that cause the majority of problems for women and babies.

IMO IMO IMO

i'm only giving my advice because i love you ladies and i want you to have the best experience possible. knowledge is power.
I 100% agree. I got my membrane stripped at 41 weeks and this was as a last resort. I got my membranes stripped on Wednesday, went into labor on Saturday. Due to insurance purposes they had planned to induce me a few days later when I would have hit 42 weeks (that Sunday).
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