(Closed) Membrane sweep anyone?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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 # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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 # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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shanbp:  I know a friend who had it done and she went into labor soon after it was completed. 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Oh and it was a little uncomfortable as all pelvic exams are for me but not painful. 

Post # 13
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Worker bee

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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.

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