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If you had your membranes stripped, pls come in!

 I'm facing a RCS if baby doesn't come by Thurs, so I've been told my midwife will try and strip my membranes if I'm more dialated at my appt tomorrow (I've been stuck at a fingertip since 37 weeks). I'm having a tough time finding concrete info on success rates, so I figured I'd poll the audience :) TIA!

1. How dialated and how many weeks were when you had your membranes stripped?

2. How soon after did you go into labor?

3. Did you have any other signs/indications that your body was prepping for labor prior to the membrane stripping? ie lost MP, irregular contractions, etc?

4. Any other relevant info?

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Re: If you had your membranes stripped, pls come in!

  • image ShannonSky:

     I'm facing a RCS if baby doesn't come by Thurs, so I've been told my midwife will try and strip my membranes if I'm more dialated at my appt tomorrow (I've been stuck at a fingertip since 37 weeks). I'm having a tough time finding concrete info on success rates, so I figured I'd poll the audience :) TIA!

    1. How dialated and how many weeks were when you had your membranes stripped? 2.5-3cm 75% effaced, 37 weeks.

    2. How soon after did you go into labor? Did not go into labor, in-fact I didn't even get cramps.

    3. Did you have any other signs/indications that your body was prepping for labor prior to the membrane stripping? ie lost MP, irregular contractions, etc? Lost MP, tons of BH, dropped.

    4. Any other relevant info? 

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  • image ShannonSky:

     I'm facing a RCS if baby doesn't come by Thurs, so I've been told my midwife will try and strip my membranes if I'm more dialated at my appt tomorrow (I've been stuck at a fingertip since 37 weeks). I'm having a tough time finding concrete info on success rates, so I figured I'd poll the audience :) TIA!

    1. How dialated and how many weeks were when you had your membranes stripped? I had my membranes "aggressively stripped" on my due date so 40 weeks to the day.  I was 2 cm at 50% effaced.

    2. How soon after did you go into labor? I had them stripped at 2pm on Monday and my water broke at 9:15 am on Wednesday.

    3. Did you have any other signs/indications that your body was prepping for labor prior to the membrane stripping? ie lost MP, irregular contractions, etc?  Prior to membrane stripping, none.  After membrane stripping, lost mucous plug and had lower back pains, lots of cramps and spotting post stripping too.

    4. Any other relevant info? My doc said it may or may not have been the membrane stripping since I was full term, and it was incredibly painful because she was really aggressive.  But if it worked, it was worth it ;c)

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  • image ShannonSky:

     I'm facing a RCS if baby doesn't come by Thurs, so I've been told my midwife will try and strip my membranes if I'm more dialated at my appt tomorrow (I've been stuck at a fingertip since 37 weeks). I'm having a tough time finding concrete info on success rates, so I figured I'd poll the audience :) TIA!

    1. How dialated and how many weeks were when you had your membranes stripped? I was 40 weeks and 1 day and not dilating or efacing

    2. How soon after did you go into labor?

    I went into to labor about three days later

    3. Did you have any other signs/indications that your body was prepping for labor prior to the membrane stripping? ie lost MP, irregular contractions, etc?

    I think I lost my MP but I am not sure I had some irregular contractions on and off for almost 4 weeks not enough to get anything going though

    4. Any other relevant info?

    Its not a pleasent procedure but I had my husband there to hold my hand. I think it helped me go into labor although I think it was time regardles, my doc did it again when I was in labor to help things further along. If I had to do it again I would let her do it at 39 weeks. GL

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  • I had mine stripped at 39 weeks and 40 weeks. I never went into labour on my own and had to be induced at 41w3d. I delivered 11 days after my due date. Sorry, but my story sucks!
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  • 1. How dialated and how many weeks were when you had your membranes stripped?

    4 cm and 80%, 38 weeks and 3 days.

    2. How soon after did you go into labor?

    Had them stripped at 11am wednesday, started feeling contractions around 6pm, delivered at 7:25 am thursday.

    3. Did you have any other signs/indications that your body was prepping for labor prior to the membrane stripping? ie lost MP, irregular contractions, etc?

    Irregular contractions, lots of mucous/mp.

    4. Any other relevant info?

    I didn't find it to be extremely uncomfortable as many people do. I would stay active for a few hours afterwards and then give yourself time to relax.

  • 1. How dialated and how many weeks were when you had your membranes stripped?

    The first time, I was 39.5 weeks and 1 cm dilated and not really effaced. The second time, I had them stripped the day after my due date, dilated really quick to 2 cm, lost my mucus plug in the shower and then when my Dr did another internal a few hours later, she accidentally broke my water!

    2. How soon after did you go into labor?

    See answer one :)

    3. Did you have any other signs/indications that your body was prepping for labor prior to the membrane stripping? ie lost MP, irregular contractions, etc?

    Tons of Braxton-Hicks contractions and then after the second time, like I said, I lost my MP pretty quickly and my DD had dropped.

    4. Any other relevant info?

     It really will only work if your body is ready for labor...it seems to be a little extra push in the right direction when your body gets to that point. GL!




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  • 1. How dialated and how many weeks were when you had your membranes stripped? I was 39 weeks to the day, 1 cm dilated and 0% effaced, though "quite soft," to quote my OB.

     2. How soon after did you go into labor? My water broke about 12 hours after the stripping. I started contracting at the hospital about an hour after that.

    3. Did you have any other signs/indications that your body was prepping for labor prior to the membrane stripping? ie lost MP, irregular contractions, etc? Nothing beforehand to indicate going into labor as quickly as I did. After the stripping though, I bled a bit (associated with the stripping), had horrible lower back pains starting about 7-8 hours after the stripping, and lost my MP about half an hour before my water broke.

    4. Any other relevant info? I was instructed by my OB to do as much walking as was comfortable for me because apparently that will also help things along. With that said, I didn't do any walking that wasn't necessary that day. :)

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  • 1. How dialated and how many weeks were when you had your membranes stripped? I had the procedure done twice.  The first time I was 37 w and 1cm dilated.  The 2nd time I was 39 weeks and 2 cm dilated.

    2. How soon after did you go into labor? I had my membranes stripped on Monday Morning, and started having contractions that were really painful on Wed afternoon, but they did not get regular until late Wed night, and I went to the hospital on Thursday at 5am, as they finally were regular and really hurt!  Had my boy at 1229pm that same day!

    3. Did you have any other signs/indications that your body was prepping for labor prior to the membrane stripping? ie lost MP, irregular contractions, etc?had irregular contractions for almost the entire last month, and mild spotting here and there. 

    4. Any other relevant info?  It hurts to have your membranes stripped, but I was so happy once it worked the 2nd time because I was so uncomfortable and huge, so ready to meet my baby boy!
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  • I was 1cm 50% effaced and 39 weeks 4 days when I had my membranes stripped.  I had been stuck there since 36 weeks.  I lost my mucus plug 2 days later and then my water broke 2 days after that without having any discernable contractions.  I ended up needing pitocin, then I started regressing (my cervix started swelling) and I ended up with a c-section after 16 hours of labor.
  • image ShannonSky:

     I'm facing a RCS if baby doesn't come by Thurs, so I've been told my midwife will try and strip my membranes if I'm more dialated at my appt tomorrow (I've been stuck at a fingertip since 37 weeks). I'm having a tough time finding concrete info on success rates, so I figured I'd poll the audience :) TIA!

    1. How dialated and how many weeks were when you had your membranes stripped? I was 39 1/2 weeks 1cm dialated

    2. How soon after did you go into labor? I had it done on a tuesday and was in the hospital wednesday night, thursday morning, and thursday night they kept me.

    3. Did you have any other signs/indications that your body was prepping for labor prior to the membrane stripping? ie lost MP, irregular contractions, etc? nothing

    4. Any other relevant info? I ended up having my son Friday night by c-section...failure to progress was what happenedto me, while it got the ballrolling, the ball was going uphill so it stopped!

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  • image ShannonSky:

     I'm facing a RCS if baby doesn't come by Thurs, so I've been told my midwife will try and strip my membranes if I'm more dialated at my appt tomorrow (I've been stuck at a fingertip since 37 weeks). I'm having a tough time finding concrete info on success rates, so I figured I'd poll the audience :) TIA!

    1. How dialated and how many weeks were when you had your membranes stripped?

    The first time I was 38 weeks, dilated 3cm, and 80% effaced.  The second time I was 39 weeks, 3-4cm, and still 80% effaced.  She stripped me a LOT more aggressively the second time.  It hurt!  :)

    2. How soon after did you go into labor?

    Well, the first time, I obviously never went into labor.  The second time, my water broke 2 days later.

    3. Did you have any other signs/indications that your body was prepping for labor prior to the membrane stripping? ie lost MP, irregular contractions, etc?

    I lost my MP about 4 weeks prior and continued to lose mucous, irregular contrax, baby dropped

    4. Any other relevant info?

    It will only work if baby is ready to come.  Good luck!  I hope your LO arrives soon!  :)

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  • I had mine stripped more than once, but I don't remember when or how dilated I was at each one.  At the last one, I was 4cm and 100%.  That evening, I took castor oil.  Twice.  I will never do that again.  I also walked and walked and walked.  Ate spicy food.  Etc.  I never felt any contractions other than BH (and I really never felt those, either).  I did lose MP gunk and thought I was getting close, but it would regenerate and then I'd lose more....annoying.

    I was induced at 42w1d.  I had been at least 3cm for 4 weeks by then.  First baby.  

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  • image ShannonSky:

     I'm facing a RCS if baby doesn't come by Thurs, so I've been told my midwife will try and strip my membranes if I'm more dialated at my appt tomorrow (I've been stuck at a fingertip since 37 weeks). I'm having a tough time finding concrete info on success rates, so I figured I'd poll the audience :) TIA!

    1. How dialated and how many weeks were when you had your membranes stripped? 1cm at 38, 39 and 40 weeks (Stripped 3 times)

    2. How soon after did you go into labor?

    10 hours after the 40 week one, but probably because I was induced with drugs.

    3. Did you have any other signs/indications that your body was prepping for labor prior to the membrane stripping? ie lost MP, irregular contractions, etc?

    I lost my MP at 38 weeks and had severe cramping for 8 weeks before.

    4. Any other relevant info?

    It didn't hurt- it was just awkward. I also had a lot of bloody show.

  • 1. How dialated and how many weeks were when you had your membranes stripped? 3 cm's at 38 weeks, 4 cm at 39 weeks-- both times my dr said "wont be more than a day now".... riiiiiiight.

    2. How soon after did you go into labor?

    Went into labor on my own at 41 weeks exactly. 

    3. Did you have any other signs/indications that your body was prepping for labor prior to the membrane stripping? ie lost MP, irregular contractions, etc? nope, but the stripping did prompt my MP and some terrible cramping both times.



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    1. How dialated and how many weeks were when you had your membranes stripped?  DD1 I had them stripped many times b/w 39-41 weeks so I can't really say if it worked or not.  With DD2 I was 40w1d

    2. How soon after did you go into labor? With DD1- impossible to say DD2- that night

    3. Did you have any other signs/indications that your body was prepping for labor prior to the membrane stripping? ie lost MP, irregular contractions, etc?  DD1- nothing! I was a fingertip dilated.  With DD2 I was 2cm and at a PLUS 2 station, and had been having false labor for days. Never saw my MP with either one. 

    4. Any other relevant info? You're going to find a huge range of experiences with this.  

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    1. How dialated and how many weeks were when you had your membranes stripped? 38w4d and I was 4cm 100%

    2. How soon after did you go into labor? I had them stripped on a Thursday and I went into labor the following Saturday night at 11pm!

    3. Did you have any other signs/indications that your body was prepping for labor prior to the membrane stripping? ie lost MP, irregular contractions, etc? I had lost my MP

    4. Any other relevant info? Nope!

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  • i was 40 w and a few days!  stuck at 2 cm and i honestly can't remember how far effaced.  went into labor that night although it took me the next 31 hours for dd to arrive:)
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  • 1. How dialated and how many weeks were when you had your membranes stripped?
    -39 weeks, 1cm dilated, 75% effaced

    2. How soon after did you go into labor?
    -Had my  membranes stripped at 11:00am on Wednesday, was in labor at noon the next day, had LO at 11:15pm the following night (11 hr labor, 20 minutes of pushing...not bad for my first!)

    3. Did you have any other signs/indications that your body was prepping for labor prior to the membrane stripping? ie lost MP, irregular contractions, etc?
    -My circumstance was a bit different...I had gone into premature labor at 32 weeks, and ended up having contractions every day at random intervals (3-5 minutes apart for an hour, then nothing for 3 hours, every 5 minutes for an hour, then nothing for a few more hours, and so on and so forth). LO had been engaged in my pelvis from week 35, and by the time my membranes were stripped, he could feel her head sitting right there. I had lost my MP twice before this and didn't have a bloody show until right before the doc came in to break my water.

    4. Any other relevant info?
    -Prepare to be uncomfortable. The procedure itself isn't too bad, but it's definitely not the most fun thing in the world. I started having cramping about an hour after they were stripped and just felt generally uncomfortable the rest of the day, but didn't have any contractions until early afternoon the next day. I suggest just taking it easy afterwards. Drink plenty of water, kick back on the couch, watch a movie or read a book, nap if you can...because if you go into labor as fast as I did, you won't have time to do any of those for a while.

    Good luck!

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    1. How dialated and how many weeks were when you had your membranes stripped?  2cm dilated at 40weeks 5 days

    2. How soon after did you go into labor?  About 10 hours later.  I had the dr apt at 9am and contractions started around 4pm, and I consider the stronger and 7-8 min apart ctxns I had by 10pm the start of "labor"

    3. Did you have any other signs/indications that your body was prepping for labor prior to the membrane stripping? ie lost MP, irregular contractions, etc?  I was overdue, so yes.  Lost MP in pieces over the previous 2 weeks.  2cm Dilation and 50% effacement started at 37 week apt, but that stayed the same until I was actually at the hospital in labor

    4. Any other relevant info? 

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