I am going in to see my OB today and today is my due date.
Last time I was pregnant, she stripped my membranes at about this time, but she didnt' tell me, she just said she was going to check to see if softening had started, adn then she just did it!
I was very upset with her at the time because she didn't ask, and because it did nothing to start labor! All it did was make me spot and cramp for 3 days. I still went over for 2+ weeks...
So, I have a feeling she will want to do that during this visit to "get things moving" (you know how some docs are so anxious to get the show going...)
And I am curious what you all think about this procedure in general?
It is hard for me because I really like her. She's a cool OB. She breastfed her daughter until she was 3, and she is kind, calm and supportive,but she is so eager to do this kind of thing and it is hard for me to say no to her when I'm in the actual office...my will power dissolves.....
So, fill me in ... quickly cause my appt is in 1.5 hours!
IMHO and from the training I learned in my doula class, I would ask yourself/her the following question: Is there any medical reason to do this? Probably not, it was just "routine" the last time.
So I would vote NAY.
Do you know what it is?
If you're not overdue I would say don't do it - the baby will come when it's time.
Basically a strip and sweep means an insertion of a finger into the cervix to separate the bag of waters from the cervix. This releases prostaglandins and can help kickstart labor.
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however, if you want the least amount of intervention, say pit v strip and sweep, obviously i would go for the strip & sweep.
i have friends that have had this done with great success. it just didnt work for me.
I wouldn't do it again, because anytime a vaginal exam is done, bacteria is introduced to the cervical area--and when membranes are being PURPOSELY disturbed, there is an entryway for bacteria, and possibly a problem.
I told her in advance NOT to strip the membranes.
She was cool with that and now we wait
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