Has your doctor suggested stripping membranes to get your labor started? Here are the pros and cons. Being pregnant really is great: You get to eat all the soft pretzels and ice cream you want, because at a certain point, you just stop looking at the scale when they weigh you during OB appointments. For me, that time came at around 37 weeks, when, on our nightly walk, my husband literally had to call an Uber five blocks from our house because I just could not waddle any farther. At my week appointment, my doctor suggested that we start thinking about induction, because it was obvious that my nugget liked the womb a little too much. She suggested a procedure called membrane stripping, which sounded totally gross and a little scary, so I immediately said no.
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Stripping the Membranes to Induce Labor
What will happen once my baby is born? What pain relief will be available? What positions are best for giving birth? What are the main stages of labour? What is it like being a birth partner? How can I use breathing exercise during labour? How will I know I am in labour?
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However, she may not want to begin labor by an unnatural process. One natural process is to strip the membranes. This may not put her into labor, but it may begin the progression.