Originally Posted by tangozulu
My sister had it done and she went into labor the next day (and had a good sized baby and natural child birth). She was right around her due date and dilated, can't remember the details of how far. They WERE pretty rough with her (I was there, and she almost fainted from the pain, sorry to freak anyone out) - some providers are definitely rougher than others and I'm sure you can ask them to be gentle.
I also had it done, it didn't hurt at all - but it also didn't do anything. I had the baby over a week later.
Well, I am taking your poor sister's story and trying to think positive. I am sorry it was so painful for her, though.
I have been crampy and having bloody show since it was done, and having the only even slightly uncomfortable contractions I have had so far (besides one weird night at about 36 weeks, which I think was baby turning). Honestly, even if it takes three more days, I feel like I can deal now--I know this baby is coming soon. So for me, it was totally worth it, even if it only hastens labor by a day or two.
Cervix/uterus whatever. I'll take my midwife's finger in there any day if it can coax the ten fingers and toes that are in their now out.