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<p>I am 41 wks and have an appt tomorrow morning to have a nonstress test and check my fluids. I have been offered to check for dialation my past 3 appts and have turned them all down, but am thinking about asking to have my membranes stripped... I don't want to be induced by the gel or them breaking my water, and am thinking this is maybe the best way to go so that I don't end up being medically induced. I would like to go on my own but am nervous that as i creep up to 42wks the drs/midwives wont allow me to get there.</p>
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<p>What are your thoughst? Is this the best way to go?  With my 1st my water broke the day I was schedualed for the gel, I went in a few hrs later and was given pitocin and ended up with an epidural that only hit half my body. While they were on the way to give me another epidural I started feeling the urge to push and 10 mins later my little Natalie was born. It was fast painful and I don't want to have that experience again.</p>
 

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<p>I've heard that stripping membranes is painful. I think I'd ask for an internal check first (maybe a little stretching) and if nothing happens then go back tomorrow or monday for a membrane strip.  In the meantime do all the things that can help jumpstart labor (sex, nipple stim, internal evening primrose oil, red raspberry leaf tea, etc). </p>
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<p>actually I guess the first question is: how sure are you of your dates? What limitations are there on you having the birth you want if you just wait it out? Baby will come out eventually, and it's better for everyone if you can wait until the process starts on it's own. </p>
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<p>My ob stripped my membranes when I was pregnant with my first.  I was 41 weeks 1 day and later that evening I went into labor.  I did not find it "painful" all things considering, just uncomfortable. </p>
 

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<p>My midwife didn't strip my membranes until 41 weeks 6 days.  I didn't find it memorably painful.  I started having contractions that evening and had my baby at home 31 hours later, at 42 weeks 1 day.</p>
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<p>I don't think it would necessarily be bad to get the procedure done tomorrow, but if there is the option of waiting a few days still, I would choose that instead.  I guess you probably just need to have a conversation with your dr/midwife asking point blank at what point they will induce with drugs, and I figure you will want the membrane sweep a couple days before that.</p>
 

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<p>I am thinking I am going to talk to them about it tomorrow, then have it done at the next appt. before they decide I have to have a drug induction. there is a snow storm coming! and I am doing/feeling fine and have to drive an hr and a bit to get to the hospital so it's probably not a good idea to have them stripped tomorrow anyway. I just don't want it to get too late for them to do it without drugs...</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Simonsez2u</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1289776/stripping-membranes#post_16165987"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>My ob stripped my membranes when I was pregnant with my first.  I was 41 weeks 1 day and later that evening I went into labor.  I did not find it "painful" all things considering, just uncomfortable. </p>
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<br><br><p>glad to hear it wasn't "painful" just uncomfortable.  I'm strongly considering allowing a sweep with this pregnancy. </p>
 

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<p>There's always a chance of rupture, not to mention introducing infection. If there is a rupture, then there's limited window of time before interventions begin.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Asiago</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1289776/stripping-membranes#post_16168079"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>There's always a chance of rupture, not to mention introducing infection. If there is a rupture, then there's limited window of time before interventions begin.</p>
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This is exactly whats going on! I don't want any other interventions...I don't want any interventions, but i chose my provider and this is what I get! They wanted to strip on fri, but I convinced them it was a bad idea because of the snow storms we had/have coming this wk end and I live an hr from the hospital.<br>
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<p>i would focus on ripening your cervix before you let anything else happen to you, EPO capsules can be inserted vaginally at night right before you lay down and that will do a lot of help in that category.  if anything happens before the cervix is ripe you are asking for issues imho. when i was looking to induce naturally, the first big step i was going to do was get a "instead cup" (it a store bought menstrual cup very much like a diaphragm) and place 8-10 epo pills in it and insert it at night, i have heard from a number of midwifes that it works wonders!</p>
 

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<p>I agree that ripening your cervix is a good idea. I have done the EPO capsule route vaginally with my past two children and it did help. I was very diligent this pregnancy (taking it orally at 34 weeks on and then vaginally at 37 weeks daily. Also lots of sex and orgasms. I also drank RRLT through half of my pregnancy and started taking more concentrated glasses the last few weeks of my pregnancy. </p>
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<p>I had my membranes stripped my last pregnancy a few times and it didn't do much at all. I think I dilated a little bit more each time but it never nudged me into labor. Then again my son was never engaged well so it could have not been effective because his head was never really resting well on my cervix?</p>
 

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<p>I just started the EPO and was unsure about inserting them in my vagina, but I guess I'll give it a try. I seeolne of the midwives tomorrow, and I 'll see how long they'll let me go.</p>
 
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