Stripping Membranes

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beagle1223 - October 12

I am almost 39 weeks with my first and today I had an OB appointment and she said she stripped my membranes. All I know is that it really really hurt and now I am bleeding. She said that there would be some spotting but it seems more than just "spotting" to me. Anyone else have this and was it painful for you? I've never heard of this before but what do I know!

 

chickiepoo9 - October 12

yes it is a little painful when they do this my doc did it my last appt it can sometimes get the labor process going i had blood in my discharge that day until the next moring but i was not actually bleeding just a little bit of pink in my regular discharge if you are bleeding and its quite a bit i would give her a call

 

WP - October 12

Yeah, I had mine done a week and a half ago and it was uncomfortable, to say the least. I lost my mucous plug a few days later, but it did nothing for me. However, a lot of women go into labour because of it, so watch for other signs. If the 'spotting' is bright red and there's a lot of it, I'd call L&D.

 

Pearl - October 12

This may be a stupid question, but what exactly do they do to you when they strip your membranes. I've had bath of my children (and soon to be my 3rd-36w6d) via c section so I am not sure what the process is.

 

chickiepoo9 - October 12

i got this litlt blurb on it from a website it uses better words than i could to describe it. As you probably know, the bag of waters is inside the uterus, and the bag is composed of membranes. The membranes tend to cling to the wall of the uterus until after the baby is born and the placenta is expelled. As the cervix begins to soften and open (dilate) at the end of pregnancy, the part of the membranes that was over the cervical opening can be felt through the opening when a v____al exam is done. "Stripping the membranes" is done by inserting a finger between the membranes and the wall of the uterus to loosen the membranes from the wall. Sometimes, this stimulation of the uterine wall can help to start labor. Sometimes, the loosening of the membranes allows more water to collect in front of the baby which puts more pressure on the cervix and perhaps labor is stimulated that way. The procedure can be a little uncomfortable for some women. If the woman is truly near delivery, she often gets a contraction as a result of the procedure.

 

Pearl - October 12

That doesn't sound very fun to me...lol

 

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