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Induce or get membranes stripped?

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Dec 31st is my due date.

Dr said if I don't have her by then, that I should consider scheduling an induction.

This week she wanted to strip my membranes to get things moving but I chickened out in fear that it might hurt.

What do you guys think, should I have my baby induced or try the having my membranes stripped?

Or should I just let things flow and hope she comes out on her own soon? I don't know if there are any risks if she takes her time but I think I may just wait on her to make her apperance.
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replied December 27th, 2007
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You can go up to 2 weeks past your due date and that is still considered term because of date errors. Induction has risks, so if you don't go on your due date, don't rush yourself. Membrane stripping isn't necessary either.

I think it's terrible that your doctor is being so invasive and trying to rush things. If you aren't ready, you aren't ready and she shouldn't mess with that. If you are more than a week past your due date, or the baby is getting too big, or there is a specific and real health concern, then go ahead with induction.

The only risk with waiting for labor is if the placenta starts to detach and disintegrate because it is only meant to last for a certain period of time. But there is no way you will be to be worrying about that at this point....there is still plenty of time!

Just give yourself time and tell your doc to have more respect for your body and your baby too!
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replied December 27th, 2007
If you do consider membrane stripping I can tell you from my own experience that it doesn't really hurt, at least it didn't hurt me. But you should ONLY do what your comfortable with. I was young when I had my first son and I was impatient. Make sure you don't let them pressure you into anything that you feel uncomfortable about. Good luck!
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replied December 27th, 2007
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mominashoe wrote:
You can go up to 2 weeks past your due date and that is still considered term because of date errors. Induction has risks, so if you don't go on your due date, don't rush yourself. Membrane stripping isn't necessary either.

I think it's terrible that your doctor is being so invasive and trying to rush things. If you aren't ready, you aren't ready and she shouldn't mess with that. If you are more than a week past your due date, or the baby is getting too big, or there is a specific and real health concern, then go ahead with induction.

The only risk with waiting for labor is if the placenta starts to detach and disintegrate because it is only meant to last for a certain period of time. But there is no way you will be to be worrying about that at this point....there is still plenty of time!

Just give yourself time and tell your doc to have more respect for your body and your baby too!


Thankyou for your advice. This is my first pregnancy and I'm not all that educated about everything. Yeah I thought she was being pushy but then again I wasnt sure if that was just the way it typically goes. I want to wait for her to make her appearance on her own unless she becomes at risk or anything goes wrong.
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replied December 27th, 2007
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i really don't get why so many doctors push inductions these days. unless there's a reason to induce why not wait? you know the baby won't stay in there forever!

i had an emergency induction at 40w3d. i was in labor for 14 hours (and i was seriously in agony, it hurt so bad), then i ended up with a c-section. so my induction and 14 hours of pain was all for nothing.

my advice is to wait at least a week past your due date before you start considering an induction.

good luck!
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replied December 28th, 2007
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id go with the membraine stripping before the induction, it will be shorter and it will hurt a lot less, it will make sure they dont take the baby too soon (if you body isnt ready it wont work), and if it doesnt work and you still want to have that baby you can still have an induction

my doctor wouldnt even think about induction until i was 41 weeks, although i refused and ended up having my baby the day before they would have schedualed me for the induction had i wanted it

~alicia~
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replied December 28th, 2007
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I'd go for the sweep before induction anyday. I don't get why doctor's are so keen to force labour, it's not like the baby's not going to come out
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replied January 4th, 2008
I had a membrane strip when I was a week overdue, and I had my daughter 48 hours later. Who knows.... perhaps even if I hadn't had it done I would have given birth at the same time anyway! The strip hurt a bit, but it was OK overall.

I was booked in for an induction the day after my daughter was born, so whatever the cause, I managed to avoid the induction.... and from what I have heard, avoiding an induction is a good thing. Apparently contractions caused by induction are far more painful than when you go into labor on your own.
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replied January 4th, 2008
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i owould

leave it alone and let nature take its course
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replied January 6th, 2008
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the_girlfriend wrote:
i owould

leave it alone and let nature take its course

me too, babies won't stay in there forever. The only reason i let my midwife book me in for an induction was because my sisters wedding was the week after
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