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May 7th, 2008, 08:32 PM
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My midwife said she would strip my membranes at my 38 week appointment this Friday if I wanted her too... I really feel like Emme is coming early with all of the contractions, discharge, and other symptoms Ive been having. What do you all think?? She said if I wasnt ready for labor then it wouldnt do anything and if I was ready it would just jump start it. Im getting really impatient but if its best to wait well Ive already waited 38 weeks whats 2 more??
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May 7th, 2008, 08:54 PM
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from what I know it is insanely painful. It does seem to help some people get things going, But at 38 weeks, I don't know if there is a real need. I really don't know that much about it though to comment too much. My midwives never mentioned it to me, I went to 40 weeks.

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May 7th, 2008, 09:31 PM
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Wouldnt do it.

Increases risks of infection & if youre teetering on the edge & ready to go - youll go soon anyways. But teetering on the edge it may just make labor harder, if your body isnt 100% ready to go (and when your body is 100% ready, it WILL go).

I just dont see the point, personally. Why increase risks even a little for something you KNOW is going to happen on its own when its ready? I personally would rather have a smoother, calmer, easier labor, and go 2 or 3 weeks longer, than go sooner & have a tougher, rougher labor.

BTW, I did acupuncture at 40 weeks with my last baby - I got home, my sinuses started draining (sometimes an indication of labor), my body started aching, and you could tell my body was gearing up for SOMETHING. Shed sent me home with accupressure/accupuncture points still in the main induction points, I ripped them all out, and an hour later felt brand new again. I decided then and there NO WAY was I rushing things. You just cant go back. I ended up going into labor at 41 weeks and 1 day (EXACTLY the average gestation for first time moms, although it was my second lol).

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May 8th, 2008, 08:38 AM
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It's up to you. My MW stripped mine, but she doesn't do that until you're at 40 weeks. I had contractions for the last 6 weeks, at least... maybe longer. I had lost my plug, etc. I still went a few days before it happened, even after the membrane sweeping. (ps. it doesn't hurt as badly if you have a gentle MW; my MW is awesome)
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May 8th, 2008, 08:46 AM
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I would wait because you know you are going to go into labor sooner or later, lol. It does increase the risk of infection too. I was sooooo tempted to do it when I was 41 weeks but still waited. I figured I'd let them try it as a last resort if I hit 42 weeks but I didn't make it that far anyway. He was born on 41 week 2 days.
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May 8th, 2008, 11:43 AM
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I probably wont unless I hit 40 weeks. Im just starting to hit that miserable part but I can wait... I kinda wish she wouldnt have even offered it to me because I wouldnt have even thought about it. Oh well....
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May 8th, 2008, 12:04 PM
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acupuncture is supposed to be wonderful, if you can afford it!
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May 8th, 2008, 07:10 PM
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At 38 weeks, personally I wouldn't. To me that's too early & I'd be worried that it might just really irritate things if baby isn't ready. But as I said, just my personal opinion.

I had mine stripped with my last baby at 41 & 1/2 weeks, & my baby came the next day. That said I was booked in for an induction the day after my baby was born, so I was hoping to avoid that.

Do I think that the membrane stripping worked? Maybe... Probably not. It was done in the morning of the 28th April, & I didn't even have a contraction from it.

Labour started in earnest the next morning & baby was born that night
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