stripping membranes

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stripping membranes

Is your doctor/MW in the camp of the medical profession who like to strip your membranes at 37-38 weeks?
They did this last pregnancy and I am unsure how I feel about it this time.

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I personally do not think its a good idea to do anything to help the baby get born sooner unless there is a risk to mom or baby by staying pregnant.

As soon as you have been ruptured you are at risk for infection. When labor starts the bag of waters protects the baby from the stress of labor, there is less fetal distress and therefore less chance of csection. The cord can also become compressed wit h the contractions once there is no fluid to protect it. This is just how I feel about it. I'm sure for every baby that gets a complication from it there are plenty more who do just fine. I would just rather not play with fire or do anything that raises my chance for a csection.

Here is a really nice article on the purpose of the waters and pros and cons of rupturing.

http://midwifethinking.com/2010/08/20/in-defence-of-the-amniotic-sac/

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They stripped my membranes with my last two pregnancies, I lost my plug, and then delivered weeks later after being induced. So I don't think it works unless it is time. My water stayed intact both times until I was in the hospital delivering.

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I asked for a membrane sweep/strip at 39 weeks with Eli but it didn't ro anything! He was still baking until 8 days later.

I agree it won't do anything unless baby is ready. And if baby is ready why go through that uncomfortableness if baby has already begun the process.

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I'm not sure if my doctor is, but if she suggests it I'll decline. Baby will come when she's good and ready. Now, if I were a week+ overdue, and it was that or induction, I'd let her stirp my membranes.

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My doctor definitely wants things to happen naturally but we're definitely getting to the point with FOUR appointments per week that this is going to have to happen soon for everyone's safety. It would be nice to avoid interventions, but this morning I'd consider an induction from a dirty needle from the street and a bag of pitocin ordered from Mexico or a butter-knife c-section. This shoot ain't funny anymore.

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"triplespiral" wrote:

My doctor definitely wants things to happen naturally but we're definitely getting to the point with FOUR appointments per week that this is going to have to happen soon for everyone's safety. It would be nice to avoid interventions, but this morning I'd consider an induction from a dirty needle from the street and a bag of pitocin ordered from Mexico or a butter-knife c-section. This shoot ain't funny anymore.

Omg Sheila! I could pee my pants reading this! I'm miserable at 34 weeks with one, I can't even imagine what you are going through.

My ob stripped mine with ds at my request and I swear it made my labor last for days! No thanks for that.

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I don't know how my doctor feels about this but I know that I don't want this unless there is a reason baby needs to come out. I would like to go into labor naturally.

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honestly they only time I've ever even heard the term is on these birth boards. I had a different doc with DS and she never mentioned it.

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LOL Sheila!!!!! ROFL

My midwife doesn't do them routinely, but I can ask for them once I'm due/overdue I think. I probably wouldn't though....ouch!

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I had it done the day before I was supposed to be induced. It hurt a lot and I was cramping and contracting from then until the induction. I don't think I would choose to do it until I was overdue or about to be induced like last time.

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I've never had it. Seems like the the consensus is that it doesn't work. If my ob offers, even though I don't think she will, I will be saying no thank you.

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I agree with what the other girls have said, that it only works if your baby is ready to come... and in that case I think it's kind of a waste! I've never had it done to me so I don't have any experience on the matter. In my case, I think if my OB were to try and do that, it would break my water lol!

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I had it done when I was two days short of being 2 weeks overdue. I started early labor not long afterward... coincidence? hard to say.

It is NOT the same as having your water broken.

It doesn't really feel like anything.

I would certainly have it done again, but only if recommended by my doctor.

I don't feel that it caused any complications or anything like that and it may have given that little extra boost to get things started.

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I had mine swept at 39 weeks even. It didn't hurt. It just felt really awkward. (But PAPs and even getting my IUD in AND out didn't hurt so maybe I'm just weird lol). I had a favorable cervix (85% effaced) and was already 3cm dilated. The next morning (9am) I had my bloody show, and started contracting every 3-5 minutes.

When I got to the hospital at about 1pm the contx were holding steady at 5min apart. They didn't reeeally want to admit me (they wanted them to be more like 2 or 3 minutes apart). So I said I wouldn't mind a little pitocin to get things moving.

It worked. I'd say 5 hrs after starting the pit I gave birth. My water never broke on its own tho. When I was 10cm and 100% effaced my midwife popped my water.

So yeah, I had my membranes swept when things were already in my favor. But maybe it gave me an added push?? (I did have complications but I attribute them to the pitocin).

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My doc is definately a "let it happen" doctor! They did strip mine when DD was born, but I was 10 cm. dialated and she hadn't dropped at all, so I did not mind much! LOL!

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