Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: South of Boston
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So, I went to the doctor yesterday and saw my OB. I usually see my mw but I switch back and forth with the office visits. Anyway, she asked me if I wanted my membranes swept. I said....ummmm...what for, I'm only 39 weeks? She said sometimes people want to see if it will get things started. That it might lead me to have some contractions that then could possibly lead to labor, but it's questionable. I said "I think I'll wait.", cause I feel fine and I'm not even at my due date yet. I'll give her a little more time....at least till next week.
I heard that this "membrane sweep" really hurts though and I'm kind of unsure about what it actually means. Anyone know? What exactly are they doing and why might it start contractions? I know about the mucus plug, effacement, and dialation, but what is this membrane that they are sweeping? Are they trying to dialate me more, or what?
*Meag* SAHM to two girls 6 & 3 and our new little boy!!