Originally Posted by angelpie545
I think your body has to be near ready to go into labor for stripping the membranes to have much of an effect, ....
I personally would leave breaking the bag of waters to an absolute last resort, because in most cases if you don't deliver in 24 hrs they will want to do a c-section due to the risk of infection.
Ditto! I had my membranes stripped (also sometimes called "sweeping" membranes) at 41W 4D. I was already 3cm, went to 4cm as she did the sweep. MW didn't tell me what % effaced she thought I was, but she said, "Its' a perfect cervix! Really perfect, I think you'll have this baby today." She was right! Cntrx started 2 hours later & DS was out 6 hours after that!
Yes, true on the c/s if membranes are ruptured for 24 hours & still no labor.Other reasons not to have AROM (artifical rupture of membranes):
-Cord can prolapse (requiring IMMEDIATE CS)
-If baby isn't positioned properly, will be harder for him to get into position without that water to float around in
-The water is a cushion - makes cntrx less painful for Mom
-The water also cushions things for baby too, making cntrx less stressful to him (less squeezing, so he's less likely to have his cord compressed, depriving him of oxygen)
-if you're GBS+, DEFINITELY don't want AROM (again, risk of infection)
Is there a medical indication for induction in your case?
If not, and you're just getting impatient & frustrated, I empathize!!! My advice is to hole yourself in your house with TV, internet & books & avoid nearly all other humans!
I joked during those days from the [stupid] "due date"
until DS was born that I was "not fit for human contact." If one more person commented on, "Oh, no baby yet?!" I was going to S-N-A-P