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Stripping Membranes to Induce Labor

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Stripping the Membranes

There are many tricks a pregnant woman may use to try to commence labor: sex, spicy foods, exercise, and castor oil are just a few popular ones. During my last two doctor's appointments when my OB/GYN checked for centimeters dilated, she literally stirred things up. And by that, I mean she stripped my membranes. Presumably the action can fire up contractions and quickly send a woman into labor. In my case, it just hurt like hell and caused me to spot a bit and have contractions without the benefit of going into full blown labor. For some lucky mamas, it works like a charm.
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FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
Ugh, I had it done twice. Not fun! Didn't work the first time, but the next week it worked like a charm.
Mel475 Mel475 7 years
I had it done with both pregnancies. It didn't help with the first one but they tried to induce me about 3 weeks early due to high blood pressure. When it didn't work (neither did a night in the hospital with pitocin), they just put me on bedrest. The second time was within days of my due date and it seemed to help get things moving. Both times were just a little uncomfortable, neither were extremely painful.
Jules1976 Jules1976 7 years
An OB did this to me at the hospital. I was in full-blown labor, on time, but my cervix wasn't dialating well. My doc was off shift for a few hours, so I didn't know the OB that stripped my membranes. He didn't even tell me what he was going to do. I screamed in pain and came off the bed! And it didn't help with the dialating problem at all.
Moms Moms 7 years
I had this done three times while overdue with my son. It didn't work, but I've heard it does for other mothers. I didn't find it so much painful as unsettling.
greenapples1987 greenapples1987 7 years
OUCH!! NO WAY WOULD I EVER AGREE TO THAT!
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