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Old Feb 24th, 2010, 08:48 AM   1
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HOW successful is a membrane sweep?


I have been googling and I cant find an actual answer. Does anyone know how successful sweeps are? Like a percentage or something?

I will be 40+1 when they do mine *hopefully* She said IF my cervix is favourable.... what does that even mean?

Stories of experience are welcome

This is the 2nd thread ive started in like 2 minutes



 
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Old Feb 24th, 2010, 09:05 AM   2
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Hey DM2, I have no statistics for you but was told they only do them like you say when someone's cervix is favorable and even then there is only a chance of it working. But they say IF it does work then it usually gets things going within 24-48hrs. I believe favorable means that your cervix is not posterior anymore and has considerably begun to soften and dilate a bit so that they can get in there (TMI) to do the sweep. I was checked twice for a sweep but I am not even close to being favorable yet. Good luck to you next week !!



 
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Old Feb 24th, 2010, 09:11 AM   3
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I had 1 at 41+1 and I pretty much started getting pains within the next 24hours although it was only slow labour. I had Morgan 2 days later. I no a few girls that it's not worked for others it's worked a treat!!!!



 
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Old Feb 24th, 2010, 09:36 AM   4
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I was told it works in 3/10 cases yesterday by midwife and am due to have one next week.



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Old Feb 25th, 2010, 03:07 AM   5
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it depends who does the sweep and how favorable you are , i had 3 sweeps before slow labour started with ds, my opinion is that it helped me avoid induction with him



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2010, 03:15 AM   6
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I have mine booked in with the consultant next wednesday, so im hoping my cervix is favourable too! Obviously would like her to arrive before then but least I know will be attempting something to get her out next week lol.

Heres some info I found on it from babycentre.co.uk....


Membrane sweeping is done by your midwife or doctor. While internally examining you, she will simply "sweep" a finger around your cervix (neck of your womb). The aim is to separate the membranes around your baby from your cervix. This releases hormones called prostaglandins, which may kick-start your labour.

A membrane sweep increases the likelihood that labour will start within 48 hours. It has a higher chance of working if your cervix is already softening and preparing for labour. It does not increase the risk of infection to either you or your baby.

A membrane sweep can be uncomfortable as the cervix is often difficult to reach before labour begins. Some women find the procedure painful so you may want to try out your breathing techniques to help your relax while it's being done. There may also be some slight "spotting" of blood and irregular contractions immediately afterwards.



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2010, 04:13 AM   7
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i had one with baby no 2 and immediately started having period like pains which continued but went into proper labour the following day. favourable is when they can reach the cervix and its has softened (i think) lol.....i had a sweep with baby no3 but i wasnt favourable and was told i still had atleast a week and my waters brooke that evening lol xx



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2010, 05:19 AM   8
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I have mine booked in with the consultant next wednesday, so im hoping my cervix is favourable too! Obviously would like her to arrive before then but least I know will be attempting something to get her out next week lol.

Heres some info I found on it from babycentre.co.uk....


Membrane sweeping is done by your midwife or doctor. While internally examining you, she will simply "sweep" a finger around your cervix (neck of your womb). The aim is to separate the membranes around your baby from your cervix. This releases hormones called prostaglandins, which may kick-start your labour.

A membrane sweep increases the likelihood that labour will start within 48 hours. It has a higher chance of working if your cervix is already softening and preparing for labour. It does not increase the risk of infection to either you or your baby.

A membrane sweep can be uncomfortable as the cervix is often difficult to reach before labour begins. Some women find the procedure painful so you may want to try out your breathing techniques to help your relax while it's being done. There may also be some slight "spotting" of blood and irregular contractions immediately afterwards.
Well next wednesday we will both be in the same position! Literally Good Luck with yours, I hope they work for us



 
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Lol Legs akimbo! x



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2010, 05:24 AM   10
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I had my sweep done at 39+5 went into labour early hours on my due date

My friend had a sweep earlier than me and started gettin pains that day but she didn't have LO until 3 or 4 days later, think it affects ppl in different ways x



 
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