Today i went to the dr.'s and he said he'd strip my membranes if i wanted him to. I figured why not, i'm 38 weeks and ready to get this labor party started! So he did it (ouch!) more painful than a cervix check, but i survived! Anyway, my question is, does a sweep or stripping membranes actually work? I've noticed lots more tightening of the belly the past few hours, and some painful cramp feelings in my back and lower belly too. I've been trying to stay really active and hoping that will help kick things into gear. A coworker had hers done three times over the course of 3 weeks before she actually saw any change, i'm hoping i don't have 3 more weeks of pregnancy!