Labor is induced to start contractions of the uterus for a vaginal birth. Labor induction may be recommended when there are concerns about the health of the woman or the fetus. It also may be recommended when labor has not started on its own. In addition to some conditions for which labor induction is recommended, new research suggests that induction for healthy women at 39 weeks in their first full-term pregnancies may reduce the risk of cesarean birth. Cesarean delivery also increases risks for future pregnancies, including placenta problems, rupture of the uterus, and hysterectomy. You and your obstetrician—gynecologist ob-gyn or other health care professional may talk about induction at 39 weeks if.
My first pregnancy ended with an induction at 41 weeks. I didn't go into my pregnancy thinking that I'd need to try out any natural means of inducing labor like getting my membranes stripped to induce me or even snacking on spicy foods, but as my due date crept closer, I wasn't totally against trying them out. Once I hit full term, which is now considered to happen at 39 weeks gestation, I was so fixated on wanting to meet my baby and wanting to be through with pregnancy. So, when my doctor suggested a membrane sweep to try to kick start labor , I was completely on board. Membrane stripping is a procedure that can be done during a routine prenatal examine. According to WebMD, a doctor uses their fingers to sweep between a mother's sac of waters, separating the amniotic sac from the wall of the uterus. This process is said to trigger prostaglandins, which play a role in controlling labor.
When I was becoming a doula, learning all the terms for the various practices and procedures in relation to birth, one of the ones I got a bit confused about was stripping vs. But writing them down helped me to remember them. Just like it helped me to remember the difference between the stages and phases of labour! Perhaps some of you lovely folks out there are unsure just like I was.
This is often done at the end of pregnancy when your care provider is doing a vaginal exam. They may go ahead and do something, what we call membrane stripping. This is where they insert their finger up your vagina towards your cervix. They take their finger and they kind of sweep around to separate the membrane that surrounds your baby from the lower part of your uterus down here by your cervix. They can only do this if your cervix is dilated at least a little bit.