May 2012 Moms

Stripping Membranes?

This may be a dumb question, but I'm a FTM, so I don't know the answer. At what point are doctors typically willing to strip your membranes? I have my 38 week appointment & am totally swollen & sweaty & uncomfortable & ready to meet my daughter, so I wasn't sure if that was a normal point to ask for that or if I should wait until I was further along?


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Re: Stripping Membranes?

  • It can cause labor immediately if your body is ready, so I would wait until 39 weeks - some important development still occurs in these last few weeks. (Although I completely understand wanting to get baby out *now* and I would not be at all sad if spontaneous labor were to happen...).

    I plan to ask at my 39w2d appt.

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  • I think it depends on the Dr and the pregnancy. For me, I was only offered one after 40 weeks. I was supposed to get one today but my cervix was so posterior she could not even reach that far. Ugh!
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  • I've had mine stripped 3 times now and not much has happened and i'm now 40w2d. They started stripping them last week. 39 weeks is a good time to start. I was 2cm and 50% for the first sweep then I was 4cm and 80% and today before they swept me I was 4cm and 90% effaced. Hopefully labor is around the corner. Sadly, I don't know anyone where the sweeping/stripping worked first try.
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  • My OB offers it at 39 weeks depending on the state of your cervix - if you aren't dilated or effaced then it's not going to work and it's going to be way more painful than if you are.

    She also said it works about 1/6 and only if your body is ready to go into labour.  It's just a tipping point really.  

    I understand you're uncomfortable, but if your body isn't about to go all you'll end up with is likely some spotting and cramps that do nothing.  I know some ladies in our birth month were stripped 3 times, overdue and still had to be induced because their bodies just weren't ready to go.   


  • cryssvcryssv
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    At 38+3 I was 1cm dilated and my OB did a sweep. She said she didn't think it would do much for me but did it anyway. I'm assuming she'll offer again this week
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  • lindy27lindy27
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    My doctor offers is at your 40 week appoitment.  I had mine done then and had my LO 2 days later.
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  • My dr stripped mine @ 38w and I went into labor that night! 1ht
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  • cbee817cbee817
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    Mine were stripped at 38 weeks 5 days and my DD was born 10 hours later. For DD#1 I was induced at 39 weeks 6 days with no membranes stripped.
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  • I am 1 cm today.  My midwife was willing but said it tends to work better when the baby is super low and you are like 3cm, etc.  So we skipped it this week.  You need to be dilated enough for them to get their finger up there.
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