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Membrane Sweep Success Rate? Please share your experience?

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ladymia Mon 18-Mar-13 23:22:04


Just want to check if anyone had one in previous pregnancies?

At how many weeks?

When did you subsequently go into labour?

I have one scheduled for 40+6 (this Friday) so many of my friends that have recently had babies have had unsuccessful sweeps so just really want to know if it's even worth it?

vamosbebe Mon 18-Mar-13 23:26:01

Hi. I went in one evening to be induced the next morning but was found to be having very mild contractions so they gave me a sweep and whoosh! everything started!
I don't know anyone else who had a sweep, I'm afraid.
Good luck thanks

vamosbebe Mon 18-Mar-13 23:27:16

Oh, 40 + 12. DS popped out 12hours later

FattyMcChubster Mon 18-Mar-13 23:27:31

Had a sweep at 40+6, had baby 40+8

OeufShiny Mon 18-Mar-13 23:29:24

Had a sweep at 40+1. Will be 40+5 tomorrow and still no baby. Booked in for another at 40+6.

worsestershiresauce Mon 18-Mar-13 23:30:10

I had an attempted sweep at 40 weeks, but my cervix was too high for the midwife to reach. The whole process was very painful, traumatic and unproductive and I will never ever agree to one again. I went into labour naturally at 40 + 3

Newmum2013 Tue 19-Mar-13 05:57:50

I have one booked in for next Tuesday when I'll be 40+1. Really hoping baby appears before then but if not I'm praying the sweep is successful

beckie90 Tue 19-Mar-13 07:51:44

Think it all depends on if your bodys already ready tbh. Ds1 it wasn't a success, ds2 I had one after I'd been in slow labour 4 days and after that the contractions grew closer together and much stronger

cocktailhour Tue 19-Mar-13 09:08:37

I'm 40+5 and had one at 40+1. Still twiddling my thumbs... Am booked in for another at 40+7- it wasn't painful (just uncomfortable and a bit odd but no worse than a smear test) so seems worth trying again before going down a more invasive route.

ladymia Tue 19-Mar-13 11:15:57

Thanks everyone, I think I am going to go for it since I will already be 40+6 then.

Flisspaps Tue 19-Mar-13 11:17:33

They only work if you're ready to go into labour anyway.

Had one at 40+7 with DD, she was born after induction at 40+15.

Had one with DS at 40+7 (their dates) and he was born at 40+11.

If I were ever to have a third baby, I wouldn't bother with a sweep.

MummyNoName Tue 19-Mar-13 11:20:11

Had a sweep at 41 weeks
Went into labour two days later.

HPsauceonbaconbuttiesmmm Tue 19-Mar-13 11:23:04

Dc1 had one at 40w and 41w. DS born at 40+13. Didn't work for me but will definitely try again this time, anything to avoid induction! Good luck. It's really it that bad, it's uncomfortable but usually done with in less than a minute and not close to labour pain. Don't forget to wear a sanitary/maternity pad, bit of bleeding normal.

ladymia Tue 19-Mar-13 11:25:59

thanks HPsauceonbaconbuttiesmmm that is a good tip, would not have thought of that!

becwhit Tue 19-Mar-13 12:44:38

with my first they said she was measuring big so didn't want me going too far over my due date. had a sweep the day after due date on the Friday. read so many things from people saying it didn't work that I was convinced it'd have no effect. at 10am on the Sunday so 2 days later, my waters broke and my beautiful daughter was born on the Monday :-) good luck x

BabsAndTheRu Tue 19-Mar-13 12:57:27

Had a sweep at 40, had DD at 40+2.

BabsAndTheRu Tue 19-Mar-13 12:58:26

Had also heard lots of stories about sweeps being painful but never felt a thing.

melliebobs Tue 19-Mar-13 13:05:43

I had the following

41+2 which they couldn't do

41+6 which they couldn't do

42+1 which they could just about do. Hurt like hell and im never having one every again if inwas to be pg again.

I went into labour at 42+3 but I might have done anyway!

anderel Tue 19-Mar-13 18:19:51

I had one last week at 40w. Slightly uncomfortable, minor cramping for an hour afterwards, pink show for 3 days but no signs of labour. Am going for another one tomorrow (will be 40+6). I'm not convinced they do anything tbh, however would rather have a sweep than eat a hot curry as per EVERYONE'S advice...

Good luck!

Pudgy2011 Tue 19-Mar-13 18:26:11

I had a sweep (didn't know I was going to have one, OBGYN just went ahead and did it at my appointment) at 37+6 but I was pretty ready to go. Waters broke 3 hours later, DS appeared 5 hours later.

Personally it hurt more than the labour! Definitely don't want one again!

TTCmay Tue 19-Mar-13 20:35:50

I had one at about 40 weeks. Didn't work. But as someone said you have to be ready to go into labour, and my body wasn't ready.

It was definitely uncomfortable, but it all is!

Dd arrived at 40+15- she would have stayed in longer if she could!!

ladymia Tue 19-Mar-13 20:56:31

Now I am back to wondering if it's worth even doing it!

Few more days to decide!

NotHoldenCaulfield Tue 19-Mar-13 21:23:15

I had one at 40 +2 on my second child.The Midwife told me she'd get an obstetrician who would give me 'a good rough one'! Eeek! It certainly was...

I delivered my DS eight hours later.

I'm 21 weeks with DC3 and I will definitely have one this time too if I need it.

abigboydidit Tue 19-Mar-13 21:31:22

Totally agree with other posters saying you need to be ready for it to work. With DS my MW tried but my cervix was unfavourable so she didn't even attempt it. With DD I had a bit of a ticking clock as was aiming for VBAC but wasn't for induction, so was booked for ELCS 10 days past my due date. I found this link really helpful and had decided not to go for a sweep unless my Bishop's score suggested it might just avoid the surgeon's knife. Had one at 40 + 3 which didn't do much and then another at 40+6. DD was born 2 days later. Good luck!

NovemberAli Tue 19-Mar-13 22:12:53

Sweep at 40+7 then first contractions started 24 hrs later, dd born 40+10. Not too uncomfortable for me thankfully.

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