Third Trimester

Stripping The Membranes?

What is "stripping the membranes?" Does it really get labor going?

To "strip" your membranes, your doctor will sweep her (gloved) finger over the thin membranes that connect the amniotic sac and your uterus. This prompts your body to release prostaglandins, hormones that ripen the cervix and can bring on contractions. This procedure won’t be done unless you go past your due date, and even then it isn’t guaranteed to work.

Plus, more from The Bump:

Natural Labor Induction

What Happens In an Induction?

Incredible Birth Photos

By Excerpted from The Baby Bump: 100s of Secrets to Surviving Those Nine Long Months