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Does a membrane sweep work

(9 Posts)
arena Tue 04-Aug-09 16:46:51

And does it hurt????.

Confuzzeled Tue 04-Aug-09 16:59:46

Yes,

I had one at 40+4, it was very uncomfortable and I felt awful after it. The midwife said my cervix was still rear facing and that I was nowhere near ready to pop.

Then I had another at 41+1, it didn't hurt at all and the midwife said thats how it's meant to be. Labour started an hour later.

Confuzzeled Tue 04-Aug-09 17:00:39

Should have said, different midwives each time.

arena Tue 04-Aug-09 17:15:42

Thanks confuzzeled.

craftynclothy Tue 04-Aug-09 17:18:54

Yes I think whether it works and how uncomfortable it is depends on how ready you are anyway.

With dd I had a sweep at 41 weeks, hardly felt it, mw said everything looked perfect. My waters broke that night, went into labour 2 hours later and baby born 2 hours after that grin

arena Tue 04-Aug-09 17:27:13

wow craftynclothy, thats quick. I hope it's that quick for me.

wilkos Tue 04-Aug-09 17:30:35

yes, had one on the tues eve and within 24 hours started labour. 24 hours after that dd born.

however another lady in my antenatal group had one on her due date and still went 10 days over!

wilkos Tue 04-Aug-09 17:31:56

as for whether it hurts - its uncomfortable but its not painful iyswim?

LoveBuckets Tue 04-Aug-09 17:33:09

Once you're actually having contractions yes, will speed things up no end.

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