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May 29th, 2012, 05:32 AM
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Hi, curious as to whether this will work, my cervix is soft, 2cm dilated. What are the chances of it working? Also, how deep do they put their fingers into the cervix? thanks
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June 4th, 2012, 05:30 AM
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I had this done at 41wks. I'm convinced it helped as I went into labor about 36 hours later. They'll put just the tip of the finger in. Enough to where they can just sweep it around the cervix to separate the membrane from the cervix. The midwife who did mine could feel baby's head. It's not the most comfortable procedure but it was quick and good practice for breathing in labor

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June 27th, 2012, 09:10 AM
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This can work really well but it does hurt. Here is a video from my doctor that explains it pretty well:

Cervical Exam | MedTwice
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July 27th, 2012, 03:43 PM
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I had this done at 40 weeks. I was 2 cm dilated. It didn't hurt for me. My doctor was actually worried it wasn't going to work for me, because it didn't hurt me very much. It was just uncomfortable, with some pressure feeling, kind of like a pap.
I started having contractions 5 hours later and had my baby that evening.

My doctor's mentor, who is a second doctor for me, told me after the fact that if it's done correctly, you'll go into labor 48 hours after it's done. Obviously my doctor did it correctly. lol
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December 11th, 2012, 08:16 AM
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It might work...but every baby is different.
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December 11th, 2012, 10:13 AM
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It worked for me but not as quickly as they said it would. They have to get very deep in your curvix and yes it does hurt but only for a few seconds. It's a very agressive thing they have to do. Anyways, I believe I lost my mucus plug 48 hours afterwards and 1-2 days after that is when my water broke and I went into labor. I was told if it is going to put you into labor it will usually happen 24-48 hours after they do the procedure but it took my body a bit longer. I do think this was a huge factor as it started to put everything into motion slowly but surely.
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January 2nd, 2013, 10:25 AM
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I think it helps. I was 3-4cm and was in prodromal labor all night long. My contractions were very inconsistent so I didn't even know I was progressing. I only went to the hospital due to lack of fetal movement (he decided to move AFTER I was admitted) and was 6cm when I was admitted and didn't even know it. I went in about 24hrs after the membrane sweep.
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January 3rd, 2013, 08:27 AM
Twirlbird's Avatar Mia and Henry's Mama
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I had it 4 times with my daughter and it did nada. You seem to have more factors with it working than not working, but its pretty hit or miss with whether it works(at least to me it seems)

They stick their finger tip up and separate, and I didn't find the cervical part hurt a lot, it was the pressure at my vaginal opening that seemsed to hurt the most!
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March 4th, 2013, 12:13 PM
fairymommy's Avatar Super Mommy
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Totally depends on the person. I had it done 2 times (40&41wks) with no results, whereas I know ladies who went into labor hours later....
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