does a membrane sweep work?

Rachel - posted on 01/22/2011 ( 24 moms have responded )

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Im getting a menbrane sweep next wednesday and was wondering if anyone had one, if it worked, how sore was it?

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Adriana - posted on 01/31/2011

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I had it done and unfortunately it did not work. I found it to be painful and messy(there is some bleeding). I do know women whom have had it done and it has woked within 24-48 hours. Threre are some possible risks so please speak to your doctor about that.

Angela - posted on 01/30/2011

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I've had it done, its not pleasant and can hurt a bit. Its similar to a cervical check but a little more unpleasant. If you tested positive for group beta strep you should speak with your care provider about the risks of pushing that awful bacteria straight to the mouth of your uterus, next to your baby. There are risks involved, regardless of group beta strep test. It is a common procedure but is not necessary, nor is it proven to initiate labor.
If you are not dilated at all, it probably can't be done.
If your body isn't ready to start labor, it wont work. If you don't want it done, you can refuse, just like anything else with delivering a baby (including IVs and continuous monitoring and not eating and circumcision and eye ointment and vaccines...). If you want a natural labor, let things progress on their own and avoid the membrane strip.

Emily - posted on 01/26/2011

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i had one, all it felt like to me was the pressure you'd get from a pelvic exam. atleast thats how it felt for me. it's not very sore, of course i had a soccer player for a fetus so it's hard telling what the pain levels were. ha ha.

Rhonda - posted on 10/26/2012

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I know this is a old post, however I had my membrane sweep and it did not hurt at all. I didnt even realize the doctor did it. She did it my due date 25 and I was dilated at 1, within exactly 72 hrs, I went into labor. I read before that it can take up to three days and mine was like clock work. However, my sister had her membrane sweep and it didnt work. But I would recommend it to everyone and I will for sure have it with my second child.

Beth - posted on 02/01/2011

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I had one, I was not over due, but measuring ahead by a week. She offered, explained that it could do something or nothing but likely within 3 days time I'd have a baby in my arms. It hurt - was kinda no fun, but hey, it worked! 3 days later - baby out in a HURRY! But that's just my experience, it's different for everyone.

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Claire - posted on 02/11/2011

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i had it done as i was overdue by nearly a week, but then had to have an emergency c section but don't worry it doesn't hurt. it just feels like having a smear test done

Hailey - posted on 02/01/2011

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I had it done with baby no 2, got in the taxi to go home but before i got home i was in labour, had to wait for an hour to go back to the hospital tho so my mil could come and look after our daughter! 5 hours later baby 2 was born :-)
Like the above say tho hunni, it really depends on you!

Fiona - posted on 01/31/2011

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Worked for me. I went into labour within 24 hours. It's a little uncomfortable but worth giving it a go. Midwife said that it probably wouldn't work as I didn't look/feel ready to go into labour but I did. It was the day before my due date though which probably helped- probably no point doing it too early. I think babies come when they are ready and a lot of the things you can do at home are not proven to work.

Heather - posted on 01/30/2011

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Everyone is different. I have four kids and each pregnancy and labor was different. What they all did have in common was being late! Nothing worked for me. Membrane sweeps, herbal teas, massage, sex, castor oil, squats, other herbs friends and websites promised to bring labor. Even someone said have a glass of wine and bubble bath that I just needed to relax. Truth is, that baby will come when good and ready. Being induced with pitocin can bring hard contractions, but you decide what goes in your body. Ask for a minimum dose and just wait and see what happens if that's what it comes to. You can always get another dose until you are in full labor. I warn against having a large it several quick doses because the contractions are fast and hard. Very very hard labor. If baby is ready nature will happen. Try not to make it hard on your body. Pregnancy is hard at the end but that precious baby is worth the wait! :) good luck!

Rachel - posted on 01/29/2011

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well i had the sweep 3 days ago and still nothing! ive tried everything for me raseberry leaf tea is a joke but im sure it has worked for some people, it wasnt as painfull as i expected but i did use my relaxation techniques i learned in yoga and im sure that helped alot. Im heading to hospital on monday ( my due date) to see if im ready to get my water broke so hopefully!

Alexis - posted on 01/25/2011

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I had one and a week later, still nothing. My doc then did another one and it was still another week. I guess it didnt work for me like it was suppose to. I didnt like it at all and thought it hurt and a lot of pressure. I have never been comfortable with paps though either.

Karen - posted on 01/25/2011

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I had my membranes stretched for a few and it worked! It just felt like he's checking your cervix, however, you might feel "achey" after. That being said for my one boy (Born a 9 Ibs 2 ozs) I got it done 4 TIMES and nothing, I was even at 6 cm at the last time still was walking around for a week after!! Everybody is different. I would try and then sex that works almost everytime!! LOL

Candi - posted on 01/25/2011

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I had it done with my first one. It wasn't painful and nothing happened. Still had to induce with him. Asfar as inducing at home, NOTHING worked for me. We were walking a few miles a day, having sex, everything you could think of and nothing was happening. My son was on time b/c he was induced, my daughter was 4 days late, and my youngest daughter was a day late. The baby will come when he is ready. Don't force it. If he is born with a disability, you will wonder if you caused it and feel guilty. Just enjoy pregnancy and let your baby come when he is ready

Rebecca - posted on 01/25/2011

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Uhm. It's pretty much just half and half. The first time my sister had it done it didn't really help..but the second time she had it done she went into labor a day or so later. I was going to have one done, but where my daughter was breached they went ahead and schedualed a c-section instead...and while I was in the hospital waiting for my c-section I went ahead and went into labor anyway.

It might help or it might not make the slightest bit of difference..but it won't hurt to go ahead and do it anyway.

Elfrieda - posted on 01/24/2011

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That doesn't sound as bad as I had pictured, Theresa. Thanks for taking one scary image away. :)

Theresa - posted on 01/24/2011

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I also had an induction with my last one. It wasn't a "strap-you-to-the-bed-and-inject-you-with-chemicals" thing though. Yes I had an IV to give petocin, but I could get up and walk around and even took a bath. Not so bad. I started the petocin at 7 AM and he was born at 2:56 PM, so at least pretty quick. If it should come to induction. ANy way, let us knwo how it goes and if it works for you. Good luck. And congrats a little early. :)

Elfrieda - posted on 01/24/2011

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I had two. One on a Tuesday, on my due date, the next on a Friday, three days later. I hesitate to say how it felt, but I will. It hurt more than the contractions of actually having the baby! I felt really violated, and was shaky and teary for the rest of the day. I'm not sure whether it worked or not. Friday evening I went into early labour, and stayed in early labour until Sunday morning, when finally the real thing began. So would that have happened without the sweep? I don't know.
Anything is better than a strap-you-to-a-hospital-bed-and-inject-you-with-chemicals induction, though. That was my opinion. (that's why I went back a second time!) I think that next pregnancy, I won't have it done until I'm at least a week overdue.
But you know what, most women say that it's not worse than a pelvic exam, so my experience is in the minority.
I've heard that eating pineapple helps put you into labour. Who comes up with these things, anyway? :)

Claire - posted on 01/24/2011

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Hiya, When doc swept me it was more uncomfortable than anything else. If you have been getting regular smears than its identical to that. It didn't work on me as my son just didn't want to come out as I was 10 days over due with Rian. We ended up happening a C-Section as he was lazy boots... Hope this helps.

Theresa - posted on 01/23/2011

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I had mine done. My doc did it the day before my due date. She was born that eve. So for me it did work. I have 3 other kids and they were all overdue. Itt was uncomfortable when he did it, but not really painful. I wouldn't do it again however. Unless you're overdue, I think that if the baby isn't coming then it's because it's not ready. I wouldn't have done it with that baby either, but the doc didn't ask, he just did it. With the next baby I made sure the doc knew I didn't want it done.

Desarae - posted on 01/22/2011

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when I enduced at home, I took a tablespoon of castor oil, got on my hands and knees and rocked slow back and fourth for 10mins every hour. By 10pm I was in labor. Theres also sex that is proven because semen thins out cervical mucus, and causes contractions that can bring on labor, eating spicy food, and raspeberry tea- again this one is clinicaly proven

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Id type it into your search bar. nipple stem, sex, walking, preasure points, massage. and castor oil(not one I would suggest because it can have some aweful side effects if your not truely ready)

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baby # 2 and 3 i had it done. #2 resulted in nothing. #3 I was in labor (not hard labor but steady labor) for a week. But i did go into hard labor by myself. I think it hurts a bit, but if I was to ever get pregnant again i would do it again. I do think it helps if you dont expect to much from it. It doesnt always work, but i look at it as a step in the right direction! Good luck!

Desarae - posted on 01/22/2011

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Well, it depends on you. If you're calm and relaxed its just a little pressure. Its exactly like when your doctor checks you when youre in labor. There can be some bleeding after, but nothing serious, so don't freak out. Maybe when you go into it, be excited that you could be having your baby in a day or 2 instead of nervous, because if you're nervous it can be a little more uncomftorable. It's gonna be fine. Don't worry. But if you're worried, try inducing yourself at home.

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