3rd Trimester

Stripping Membranes

My husband's cousin went in for her 38 week appt. and the Dr. stripped her membranes (on Friday), she was 3 cm and 50%.  She lost her MP and her water broke last night (around 9:30).  She went to the hospital, had only made 1 cm progress (4 cm) and they started pitocin almost immediately after her arrival last night because she wasn't having any contractions, just cramping.  At 12:00 today they scheduled her for a c-section. 

Can stripping your membranes too early actually cause your labor to not progress as it should?  Do you think had she waited another 2 weeks to have membranes stripped that her body may have progressed more on its own? 

I'm just really torn on having membranes stripped and I haven't asked my Dr. what his stance is yet.  When do most Dr's consider stripping?

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  • I had my membranes stripped 3 times with DS#1 (35, 36, 37wks).  Finally went into labor at 38wks.  I don't think stripping the membranes has anything to do with her not progressing, especially since her water broke on its own.  Almost everyone I know who has had a baby in the past few years had pitocin given to make contractions more 'reliable and productive.'  It really is up to your body how labor will progress for you.
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  • I have never heard of it stalling labor.  I had mine stripped at 38.5 weeks last time and it didn't do anything.  I would ask your doctor if you are worried about it.
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    I have never heard of it stalling labor.  I had mine stripped at 38.5 weeks last time and it didn't do anything.  I would ask your doctor if you are worried about it.

    Thanks, I just don't really know much about it, other than what I've read on here.  My Dr. has made no mention of it yet.  I see the PP had hers done at 35 weeks, I didn't know they would do it that early.  I have a lot to learn and just want to make an informed decision.  Thanks! :)

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  • Typically membrane stripping wouldn't lead to labor unless you were ready, but it's definitely possible it was a factor here. I wouldn't allow membrane stripping unless I was post-date (as in I'd actually be 42 0/7 weeks not 39 weeks and tired of being pregnant) just to avoid the issue if possible. And I wouldn't have an induction unless that was unsuccessful.
  • i really doubt thats why she didnt progress. some women just dont.

     

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    Typically membrane stripping wouldn't lead to labor unless you were ready, but it's definitely possible it was a factor here. I wouldn't allow membrane stripping unless I was post-date (as in I'd actually be 42 0/7 weeks not 39 weeks and tired of being pregnant) just to avoid the issue if possible. And I wouldn't have an induction unless that was unsuccessful.

    THIS.

    My MW explained that she could strip mine every day, and if my body wasn't ready then it wouldn't make a bit of difference.

  • I have no desire to have mine stripped. I don't really get the point. 
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    I have no desire to have mine stripped. I don't really get the point. 

    I was curious last week so checked PubMed (I'm a dweeb). Apparently it is one of the recommended courses for postterm pregnancies (42 0/7 weeks) along with unprotected sex to get things going. So it's probably more likely to bring about labor than walking or spicy food, but lower on the intervention scale than Pitocin, for example. So if you were post-date and wanted to try a more natural approach before getting induced, it might have appeal.

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    image stpetegirl:
    I have no desire to have mine stripped. I don't really get the point. 

    I was curious last week so checked PubMed (I'm a dweeb). Apparently it is one of the recommended courses for postterm pregnancies (42 0/7 weeks) along with unprotected sex to get things going. So it's probably more likely to bring about labor than walking or spicy food, but lower on the intervention scale than Pitocin, for example. So if you were post-date and wanted to try a more natural approach before getting induced, it might have appeal.

     

    When it comes to appeal I'm going to say that sex is far more likely to win that contest. 

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  • For sure! When I'm ready to go, I'll be asking DH to give it to me at every opportunity. Every little bit helps! Hahaha.
  • Most of what I've heard is that it will only work if your body is ready for it.

    That being said, I would never do it before my edd for that very reason - I fear that it would start something and then stall out and I would be left in a bad situation. 

    I had it done with dd2 when I was 3 days past my due date and DD was born 8 hours later. So it can be successful, I will just always be aware of when it gets done. 

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  • As with everything in pregnancy, each woman is different. With my last pregnancy, my doc stripped my membranes (unbeknownst to me until I realized this was waaay more painful than a regular internal exam), the day before my due date. I understand why she did it though. I wanted to somehow make SURE she was my doctor on my delivery date without being induced with Pitocin. I was in labor within a few hours. I didn't go to the hospital right away though... not until I had labored at home for almost 12 hours. I labored for another 12 in the hospital before my son was born; with epidural but no need for Pitocin.

    That being said, stripping the membranes does not guarantee labor will start, so I doubt it stalled it either. Her labor probably stalled because her body wasn't ready...and perhaps had never actually been in labor. She probably went to the hospital too soon. If hospitals don't see textbook progress, they bring on the drugs and c-sections to keep business moving.

  • To the OP, yes - the nonprogressing labor is a side effect of stripping membranes too early. I won't be attempting it unless as a last resort before pitocin - like at 41.5 weeks
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