Post # 1
Just wondering if anyone has had a membrane sweep done when getting close to the end and if so….how long did it take to go into actual labor.
Havent had one but my doctor has mentioned it as a possible alternative to going overdue and having to have induction by pitocin (really hoping to avoid). I never really knew what a sweep was (I do now) but wondered about other peoples experiences in terms of whether or not it worked?
Post # 2
I had my membranes stripped 4 days before I went into labor. At that doctor’s appt I was already dilated 1cm. It wasn’t comfortable, but you can try it.
Post # 3
Im an L&D nurse. I think it works fairly well and I think its worth a shot. It works well sometimes. If it was me Id do it.
Post # 4
ya I have heard sometimes it can be days, sometimes it can be hours!!!
Post # 5
I hear it’s painful. I am very curious to see how dilated I’ll be on Thursday.. if it’s still only 2cm I might consider it but my doc won’t do it until 39 weeks I don’t think.
Post # 6
I had one done at 39w4d. I was 4 cm dilated and 75% effaced. It hurt quite a bit and I felt like crap for a good couple of hours afterwards. Unfortunately, it wasn’t successful for me and I had to be induced. But it’s worth a try!
Post # 7
me too! I have my check on friday …we didnt do it last time so Im curious if I’ve made any progress. I have been off work since that day and in the last week I’ve been a lot more active in terms of getting in walks most days (which did NOT happen when I was working, just home=flake on the couch), a lot more sitting on the ball and bouncing etc…
Post # 8
I know a friend who had it done and she went into labor soon after it was completed.
Post # 9
My doctor swept my membranes at my 40 week appointment. I went into labor at 41+3, so I don’t think it worked for me, but I know it does work for some people.
It is a bit uncomfortable but not s big deal. It doesn’t last long. I’d give it a shot.
Post # 10
I had one done at 41 weeks, it really didn’t hurt just a bit uncomfortable. It didn’t send me into labour, I still had to be induced.
Post # 11
Had mine stripped at my 40 week appointment. The next day my plug came out and the following morning I was in full blown labor.
Post # 12
Oh and it was a little uncomfortable as all pelvic exams are for me but not painful.
Post # 13
I had sweeps with both pregnancies, on my due date with DS and just after 38 weeks with Dear Daughter as I had bulging fore waters and blood pressure problems.
With Ds I went into labour within 10 hours, with Dear Daughter I was in labour by the time I got home from the appointment.
Post # 14
These stories are promising! I am having one on Thursday when I’ll be 39+6 days. I am taking my husband with me, just in case!
Post # 15
I asked my midwife about getting my membranes swept (I was already a week past due), and she felt my cervix and said it wasn’t ready. And yes the procedure can trigger labour, but if your cervix isn’t ready, it can lead to complications (ie. needing pictocin, epidural.. Which I DID NOT want). So just ask you Doc how ready it is before you have anything done.
I’ve done some research and it is far less risky to let your baby go overdue than it is to go early (since ultrasound dates are never 100% accurate). My bestfriends girlfriend was induced and his son ended up staying in the NICU for a week because the ultrasound was wrong and she was really only 36 & a couple days, not 38+5 like they thought.