TheBump.com - the inside scoop on pregnancy.
Get The Bump magazine >
You're almost there. Log in if you're a member or join now to connect to Facebook.
Request a new password
popular: ovulation calculator
Find your most fertile days and start TTC >>
moms love: pregnancy calendar
Count down to delivery with your calendar >>
moms love: your baby this week
Sign up to receive weekly updates on your baby >>
moms love: baby name finder
Search through 1000s of baby names >>
moms love: personalized tickers
Track TTC, pregnancy, or baby's age >>
moms love: pregnancy week by week
Let us guide you along week-by-week!)
When you get to term or go over due(generally) some practitioners will do a membrane strip.
Basically, if you are dilated enough to get a finger in, they can insert a finger and cause the membrane to separate from your cervix and surrounding uterine wall by moving it around(the finger, not your cervix, haha). If you are more than that, they can use a couple fingers. Sometimes they also try to stretch your cervix a little to cause more dilation.
I've heard it can be pretty painful if your cervix isn't ripening already... I just had mine done at 39.5 weeks, though, and it was uncomfortable, but luckily not painful.
Stripping membranes can become uncomfortable for the woman, causing abdominal cramping and possibly some spotting. The abdominal cramping can stimulate labor contractions.