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Old Feb 21st, 2018, 08:54 AM   1
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How effective are membrane sweeps?


My doctor has suggested a membrane sweep for next week, once I am 39w2d, and I was just wondering...for those who have had one, was it effective? If so, how long did it take to go into labour thereafter?

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Old Feb 21st, 2018, 10:28 AM   2
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I've had 2. Both time my baby was born within hours.



 
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Old Feb 21st, 2018, 11:58 AM   3
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I had one on my due date with my daughter and started to leak fluid the day after, and was induced the day after that. Not sure if that's normal with a sweep or if the doctor that did it was a bit too vigorous!



 
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Old Feb 21st, 2018, 14:15 PM   4
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I had one with my first at 40 weeks. Did absolutely nothing, wasn't an overly pleasant experience, so I didn't bother with my second, and won't with my third!



 
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Old Feb 21st, 2018, 19:59 PM   5
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Sweeps are pretty hit and miss. I had one with my first and it didnít work. I just had irregular contractions for a day after which did nothing except get me to 1cm and I had to be induced at 41+2.

I also had one with my second at 41 weeks and I went into labour with him the day after.

Iíve just had one today with my third baby as Iím overdue again. Will know in the next 24 hours or so if itís going to do anything.



 
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Old Feb 21st, 2018, 20:01 PM   6
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Also, in NZ they tend not to do them until youíre already over 40 weeks as the evidence points to them not being as effective until 40/41 weeks. What is the reason your doctor wants to do on at 39 weeks?



 
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Old Feb 22nd, 2018, 07:05 AM   7
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Didn't get any with my first. With my second, I got one at 40+3. Didn't do much. I lost some plug, but that was it.
Got another at 41+3 which was a bit more uncomfortable. My waters broke the following morning, but my labour wasn't progressing. I was given a 3rd sweep in hospital and things really ramped up, but then it all died down again so I was put on the drip.

They really didn't work for me, but everyone is different. You might be one of the lucky ones x



 
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Old Feb 22nd, 2018, 07:08 AM   8
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Old Feb 22nd, 2018, 07:50 AM   9
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Had two with my son, he was born 14 days overdue. Had my waters broken in the hospital with him but I was already 3cm so the sweeps probably helped.



 
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Old Feb 22nd, 2018, 10:28 AM   10
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I had one with my son at 38+6ímy water broke 10-12 hours after and I had him the next day. I had one win my daughter at 38+5 and I didnít have her until I was 39+3. I was more dialated and ripe with my daughter too. You just never know how they are going to work.



 
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