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I hear "stripping membranes" and "breaking the bag of water." I thought they were the same thing. What's the difference?
 

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"Stripping (or sweeping) the membranes" means manually separating the membranes from where they are adhered just above the inside of the cervix (think of it like peeling back plastic wrap). It is believed to release prostaglandins which can prepare you for or start labor. "Breaking the bag" means just that - breaking the bag and letting the water out.
 
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