I wanted to post my experience with this. I was 2 cm dialated and begged for her to do it, and I had heard mixed reviews on it. My hair dresser had it done with both children, didn't feel a thing, and had babies with in 12 hours. I went in, had it done, and almost climbed OFF the table b/c it hurt so badly. I spotted, and cramped afterwards, and did NOT deliver her. I would have it done again tho, b/c the chances of it working are pretty good. Good luck!!
Tenk ~ happily married with lots of kids
The 1st real membrane sweep I had done was done my my very experienced midwife and while it wasn't painless, I wouldn't say that it hurt... It's a bit of a weird feeling. It kinda zings. The 2nd time I had it done, it was the student midwife (yesterday) and while I was more open and stretchy, she's not nearly as gentle as my regular midwife and it more than zinged! I would say that one hurt. If I have another one done, I'll have my regular midwife do it. It's not that I dont' think learning is important, I just would rather not have ALL the learning done on me!
You definately get a bit of a jolt when they find your cervix and then you'll feel some odd sensations. So far it hasn't sent me into labour yet. It's supposed to give you a good dose of oxytocin when they do it and my midwives also smear some evening primrose oil on the cervix (which is a prostaglandin) which is supposed to help too...
I had it done twice with ds. Both times it was pretty uncomfortable. ds was very low and I was beginning to dilate. I felt crampy afterwards, and bloody show but no baby. A week later I was 2-3 cm, sweep was much more uncomfortable than the first (though I must say still tolerable and nothing like what was to come), we actually heard a pop noise. I felt kind of ill and weak afterwards and decided to crawl into bed for an early night and within an hour had my first contraction. Baby was born 8 hours later. So much for my early night!!
I had mine done at 41 weeks with my son (9 years ago). I didn't hurt but it made me feel really hot. It was like a major hotflash-also made me feel like I was going to vomit! Very similar to when I had my uterus measured for IUD insertion (if anyone has had that done.)
You can make it-don't worry!
SAHM to Melinda (Oct '03), Jacob (Aug '05), Alex (Apr '08), and Malcolm (Sept 29, '11)
When I had it done, it hurt quite a bit. Had no contractions for the next 11 hours. Then I hit the wall of active labor and massive vomiting followed by a 41-hour labor. I would never do it again.
From what I have read, there are a minority of women who have it done and then go on to have *really* painful labors like mine. Good luck if you try it!
Jill, mama to three fiery girlies and a sweet baby boy: Grace, 11.30.2005, Ayla, 3.22.2008, Norah 9.5.09, Reed 8.19.11 & dfs Gage 2.29.12 x4
It only works if your body is already ready (like any other induction method). Keep in mind that it's possible to accidentally rupture membranes during a membrane sweep - putting you on their timeline for delivery. I had my membranes swept last time. It didn't work. Knowing what I now know, I don't plan on letting anyone do it in the future, either.
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