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January 6th, 2014, 01:19 PM
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My OB has said hed like to start doing them after 37 weeks and I want to know what I'm getting myself into in a few weeks. How uncomfortable is it as compared to being checked? Any details would be good and TMI is fine. How successful was it for you? Can it only happen if I'm already at least a little dilated or can it be done with a closed cervix?

I'm a little nervous thinking about it I won't lie lol. If it helps me go into labor earlier than I did with DD, it'll be worth it. I know it will only work if my body is ready though, but beyond that, I don't know much about the procedure.
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January 6th, 2014, 01:46 PM
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I'm not sure as far as the cervix being closed. My dr only did the stretch and sweep when I was 1cm dilated with DS. It wasn't painful or uncomfortable for me. I'd lose a little more mucus plug and have some spotting but beyond that, it never did anything for me. I continued to remain at 1cm. We were hoping to get me to go into labor on my own so induction for the pre-e wasn't necessary. Oh well.

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January 6th, 2014, 03:55 PM
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I had it done with my 3rd on my due date, its very uncomfy, I was in labor within hours. I'd be very leary of doing that at 37 weeks though. There's a high risk of amniotic rupture with the procedure so its not really one of those "it will only work if ready" type techniques. If your water breaks and your body isn't ready then your facing induction. Not worth the risk in my opinion.
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January 6th, 2014, 04:04 PM
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no experience or knowledge just the statement that I wouldnt do it at 37 weeks. id push it back till your EDD at lest
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January 6th, 2014, 04:13 PM
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Why do this at 37 weeks?!
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January 6th, 2014, 06:29 PM
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I wouldn't do it that soon. I've only ever had it done at my last appointment BEFORE my due date (meaning the next appointment I'd have I'd be past due). Both times I was in labor within hours.
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January 7th, 2014, 06:54 AM
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I've never had it done but I do agree with Jessica that I would be leary of doing it at 37 weeks. I would wait until much closer to your due date.
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January 7th, 2014, 07:00 AM
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What exactly is this procedure?
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January 7th, 2014, 07:05 AM
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I'm curious if there is a reason he wants to do it early? Maybe that's the question to ask?
I've never had it done before, so I'm not sure what it feels like...

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"Membrane sweep", also known as membrane stripping, or "stretch and sweep" in Australia and the UK – during an internal examination, the practitioner moves her finger around the cervix to stimulate and/or separate the membranes around the baby from the cervix. This causes a release of prostaglandins which can help to kick-start labor.
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January 7th, 2014, 07:14 AM
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Hmm. Sounds like a weird thing to do early!
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January 7th, 2014, 07:36 AM
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That would make me leary of that OB myself.....I know it's only one example, but sounds like that birth is a medical procedure, on his schedule not the baby's type. This is why I went with a midwife this time.
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January 7th, 2014, 03:29 PM
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He doesn't seem to think it would send me into labor right away based on my history. I asked him what the risk of premature membrane rupture was and he says the risk is low. I'm going to do some googling before I agree to this and see what I can find. I have another week to my next appointment so plenty of time to read up on it.
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January 7th, 2014, 04:08 PM
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I personally would tell him no. I don't care what he thinks...doing this can lead to labor and there is simply no need. Babies need to "cook" as long as possible for optimal brain and lung development. I wouldn't consider this unless there was some serious medical need for me or the baby or I was days past my due date.
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January 7th, 2014, 04:48 PM
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But if it's not going to send you into labor right away, why doors he want to do it? That's confusing.
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January 7th, 2014, 06:59 PM
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I had it done today, a little uncomfy but not bad. Its not going to start labor unless your body is ready. I am being induce on friday due to a baby that is not growing well and some other cord and placenta issues. Ive been 3cm since 27 weeks so we are hoping this will get things going without having to use pitocin to gets things started. This will be my 5th delivery and i had it done with each one. Only one of those times did labor start.
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January 7th, 2014, 09:37 PM
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I think I'm gonna tell him no until the next appointment just to be safe. I've been googling though and the chances of it breaking my water are indeed low from what I can find. The chances of it sending me into labor are impossible to predict because who knows if my body is ready or not. That's pretty much what the articles I've read said. I'm all for giving my baby more time.
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January 8th, 2014, 05:33 AM
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My neighbor told me she had hers done for both her girls and all of girlfriends had it done and it put them all into labour. Mind you I dont know how far along they were, I didnt ask that. I assume 40 weeks, but could be wrong. I know myself I would wait, I think I would wait until close to my EDD just to be sure. But thats me. YOur body, your choice do what you're comfortable with.
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