Stripping Membranes

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Zoe - November 26

I am full term at 38 weeks, 2 cm dilated and 75% effaced. My doctor has suggested stripping my membranes at the next exam. Any advice or stories to share? Thanks for your help!


Aimee - December 6

I think in your case it would be worth a try. Since your body seems to be ready for labor(dilated and effaced) your body will probably respond well. I actually have had it done several times but I was not dilated and had only minimally softened. I am due today and I am 2 centimeters and 50% effaced, I have been getting contractions and the doctor expects the baby to come in the next 2 days. If you are anxious to get the baby out, I would definitely suggest doing the membrane strip, however, it does hurt. I hope this helps you out.


Christine - December 7

I have never had this done, but have read that some it helps and some it doesnt...I dont think it is in the least bit dangerous though so if your ready why not give it a try...good luck


Christy - December 13

I am 38 weeks, 2 cm dilated and 50% effaced, and the baby is at a 0 station. I had an appt. today and my doc stripped my membranes but nothing has happened so far. Does anyone know if the effects are immediate or do they take a while to "kick in"?


claire - December 14

Excuse my ignorance I'm 4months only so far, with first preg. what is membrance stripping, i dont understand it, maybe cuzz my first language is not english, what is the exact procedure, i want to understand


Kirsten - December 14

I asked my doctor to do this for me today. I am only one day past my due date but wanted to avoid an induction. This was an uncomfortable procedure, but I feel was well worth it. You're going to have pain with labor anyhow so, why not undergo this procedure if you wsh to try to speed things along. For me, it brought on contractions right away, but I am still waiting to see if it brings about true labor.


Sarah - December 21

Claire: Stripping the membranes is when the doctor inserts their fingers between the amniotic sac and your uterine wall and breaks the adhesion between them. I am 5 cm and 70% effaced but not even to my due date yet. This happened with my first baby, too. I didn't need induction with my first, but my doctor wants me to consider it if I haven't gone into labor by tomorrow am. Still haven't decided, but I'm leaning towards membrane stripping.


kerrie - December 22

hiya i would deffo have it done i had it done with my last pregnacy i was 5 cm and my labour had started and stoped so my midwife came to my house and did it for me within and hour i was in full labour and 6 hours after that my baby was born so i would say its the best thing to have , also if u havnt started in labour it can take a few hours to a day to kick in so my midwife told me anywayit all depends on how ready u are ie (soft ya cervic is and if the baby its self is ready cos some can be stubbon) , im on my 4th pregnacy now im 36+wks and 1-2cm dilated and 80% effaced iv been in labour once at 32 weeks but got stopped with drugs so now my baby could come at anytime but im in that much pain in my pelvic area im goin to see my midwife to get her to stripe my membranes to kick me off . hope it helps u good luck and merry christmas .


christie - December 23

what is wrong with waiting until your body and your baby is ready. you all say not... but if it isn't medically necessary i say why?


kerrie - December 29

hiya again all since my last post iv had irreg contractions but today the started to come very stong so iv had my midwife come and see me at home she said im still 1,2 cm and 80%effaced so she striped my membranes so im now awaiting for this to speed up the contractions have slowed down to 1 every 20 mins so fingers crossed this gets things moving i will keep u all posted on how well it worked if i dont start tonight im at my midwife tomoz anyway so i will get her to do it again i will get this baby out if it kills me lol. good luck to every1 else


kerrie - January 1

hiya all well it didnt work so i will just have to hang in there i just hope this baby decideds to want to come soon i rearly carnt cope anymore .


Lisa - January 6

I just had this done today! I am 39 weeks, 2 cm and 75%...we'll see what happens...I talked to a friend who has had it done 3 times (3 kids) and she said, "don't get your hopes up!"


Dayna - January 6

I am due today I had my membranes stripped for the first time last wed and nothing happened some cramping at first but no labor. Then I went back to the doctors yesterday and they did it again, again some cramping but I am still here with no labor!


belgian - January 7

Hi there: If you have tested positive for the bacteria GROUP B STREP..DO NOT HAVE YOUR MEMBRANES STRIPPED! It can bring the bacteria closer to your baby and he/she can be infected quicker!


shanda - January 9

i am 39wks, due on thursday. My doctor is going to strip my membranes tomorrow and i am really scared because of the pain. Even though i am still going to have it done, is there anything that can help with the pain?


SS - January 13

From what I have heard, it shouldn't hurt you. I am just 4 days away from my due date and got it done today. I was 1-2 cm dilated and 50% effaced when I went for my apptointment. After stripping of membranes I was 2-3 cm . I have not had any contractions so far but am hoping to go into labor. The stipping is definitely a little painful but I thought it was worth a try. All the best


Starmarie - January 14

I had this done with my 2nd ,,my water broke an hour later but I still had to be induced because I wouldnt DL any more



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