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Hi all. Well I am at 40 weeks today and 4 cm dilated since Wed at least. No signs of labor yet though.. The baby's head was still high up according to my OB though he said this is normal with second children.. I was thinking about possibly having my membranes stripped but have not talked to the dr yet. I am just wondering, has anyone had this done, and if so, what happened? Are there downsides to it? I would think it would have to be better than being induced with pitocin. Thanks everyone for your help!<br><br>
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I think you need to relax and not think about that until at least 2 weeks from now.<br><br>
Stripping membranes is still an induction, and 40 weeks 0 days is not the time to be inducing.<br><br>
If you really really must feel like you're doing something, have sex, take walks, and make reservations at a super fancy restaurant for next Friday.
 

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A friend of mine did it and really regrets it. Her water broke within 24 hours, but the baby and her body weren't really ready. She never progressed past 3cm and had a c-section eventually. I think it would have been very different if she had followed her body's actual timeline. Then again, a week from now I might tell you something different <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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There are risks. The ones I can think of are a bunch of painful but ineffective contractions, infection and the bag of waters can break on accident (having it's own risks, especially when the baby's high). All of that stuff can lead to a bunch of other interventions you don't want.<br><br>
I would defiantly agree to having the membranes stripped before Pitocin, but like the pps said, I wouldn't do it until later.<br><br>
I personally would much rather have a midwife do it than a doctor. I've had two different doctors break my waters during my two labors without my permission, one of them I had specifically instructed not to do it. That's just my experience though, if you trust your doctor, you shouldn't have to worry.
 

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Works great for me....I use EPO (evening primrose oil) first and then dh strips my membranes and I go into labor about 12 hours later, lol. However, every woman is different and it doesnt mean it'll work for you and as pp's said, there are still risks, although much smaller than a conventional induction.<br><br>
I also had PROM with my last one-dh went to check me since my cervix had been horribly swollen for a week and I finally took some EPO that morning. I asked for him to see if the swelling had gone down and when he did, my water broke. It probably would've broken soon ANYWAY, but still (and I was already 8cm, lol). I kept up and moving and had her 3 hours later-but its still a little scary having PROM.
 

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Had it done, it did nothing.<br><br>
Honestly, I don't think there's a reason yet to be induced with pitocin. You're not that far overdue and if there's no problem with you or the baby...I'd stay put.<br><br>
It doesn't hurt, I can tell you that much....
 

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It hurt when my OB stripped my membranes with my son, so perhaps everyone is different?<br>
She did it without letting me know what was going on, and my foot missed her teeth by a matter of inches, it was such a shock. A couple days later my water broke, but no contractions. Thus pitocin, i.v., continuous monitoring, etc. until the baby went into distress and then it became c-section. He came out with a nice thick coating of vernix, probably because he wasn't ready to come out yet...<br>
I agree with the pps who say to walk, have sex, make plans. Your babe will come out when it's time<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Maybe walking will help bring the baby down lower. If you are already at 4 maybe things will go fast when the baby moves down- I really wouldn't mess with stripping membranes and definitely not Pit in this situation.
 

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Had it done (how I wish someone had told me not to do it). Led to 3 nights of painful ineffective contractions, leaking fluid, induction, then c/s. Bad chain of events! It was my 1st and I was clueless....
 

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Wow, all these awful stories! I'm sorry ladies!<br><br>
I had it done at 39+5. After 2 weeks of prodromal labor hell, I was done. It was also my second baby, and he was high. There was some concern, as he was high still 3 days later when my water finally broke. It took about an hour of contractions to get him down low enough that they no longer worried about cord prolapse.<br><br>
3 days after the stripping I went into labor. It could be coincidence, or not. Who knows. I was already having painful contractions so I didn't notice a difference. My labor was a normal, short, uneventful labor, with a very short pushing time. DS did well through the whole thing, and 14 hours after bloody show, he was nursing.<br><br>
The stripping is painful. More painful than I thought it would be, and in some ways, even more painful than labor (you are stuck laying flat on your back until it is done). If I find myself in the same position with this baby, I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
 

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I had this done with my 2nd baby (midwife not doctor did it), I was about 8 days over my due date. Didn't hurt and I started having contractions straight away. My lil boy was born 12 hours later. No regrets here, I was ready for him to come!
 

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A friend had this done around 42w with no signs of labor and it didn't do anything for her...she said it was painful.<br><br>
I had it done after having contractions start and stop several times at 40w3d. It was painful and made my contractions come on hard.
 

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I was 8 days overdue with my dd and my hbmw stretched my membranes as she put it. It didn't hurt a bit and I went into labor the next morning. If I go long overdue with this one I will do the same.
 
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