In the beginning of your pregnancy everything is exciting and new. The knowledge that a small baby grows in your stomach is a true miracle. But as the pregnancy expires, you will increasingly long for the arrival of your baby. Plus you're a bit finished with that belly. It can therefore be extra annoying if you have already passed the due date and still have no signs of a starting birth. Stripping to induce labor can help. Read more about stripping here, what you can expect and when this is chosen.
What is stripping?
During an internal examination, the midwife first determines whether you already have any access. When this is the case, it can be stripped. During the stripping, the midwife will try to detach the membranes in which your baby is sitting from the uterine wall. Thanks to this action your body will produce the hormone prostaglandin. This hormone causes the cervix to maturate and (hopefully) start the delivery. If you still have no access, it is not possible to get to the membranes. The midwife will then massage the cervix.
When is stripping chosen?
In most cases, you will be stripped if you are about 41 or 42 weeks pregnant. It is not good for the baby to stay longer because your placenta can no longer produce enough nutrients. Your body therefore finds it high time that the baby is born.
Since stripping can still be performed by a midwife, you do not have to go to the hospital for this. It can be done in the practice of the midwife or even in your home. It is also stripped if the continuation of the pregnancy is detrimental to your health or that of your child. Or if you have pregnancy poisoning.
Is stripping painful?
Every woman has a different pain threshold. It is therefore difficult to indicate whether stripping is really painful. In addition, the accessibility of the cervix also plays a role. In general we can reassure you: stripping is mainly experienced as unpleasant, but is not very painful!
What happens after stripping?
It is not that you immediately get contractions after stripping. Often you can just go home afterwards. You may experience some blood loss. This is because the cervix is very blood-bleed and a keg can quickly break during treatment. Using a panty liner or sanitary napkin is certainly not a luxury.
Do you have severe blood loss, as you sometimes have during menstruation, or is the sanitary napkin full after an hour? Then call your midwife. You know if it has helped if you get contractions within 6 hours or suffer from menstruation-like cramps, a hard belly or pre-contractions. In principle, your childbirth should really start within 48 hours.
If this is not the case, then unfortunately it did not work. Only 1 in 3 women who are stripped will actually give birth. In 33% of the cases, women do suffer from contractions or a hard belly after stripping, but the actual delivery is still out.
Stripping to induce labor is a method that has virtually no risks. That is why we often opt for this before initiating the pregnancy. This is also the next step immediately if you are already over the 41 weeks of your pregnancy and the stripping had no effect.
The introduction of the pregnancy briefly means that you first check whether your uterus is already matured enough. If this is the case, your membranes will be broken manually and you will get an infusion of oxytocin. This hormone effectively induces contractions. The delivery will certainly begin! Read more about introducing the delivery here.