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Membrane Sweep: Did It Work?
I am kind of curious if any of you had a membrane sweep, and whether it worked or not?
I had a Dr's Appointment today and my doctor swept my membranes. We are crossing our fingers that it works! I am 38w2d today.

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756023 tn?1338524035
My membranes were swept twice.  At the 38 week visit and at the 40 week visit.  She ended up being 2 weeks late.
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Yes- I had it done in two pregnancies when I was 39 weeks and I had each daughter within 24 hours after having that done.

I've also known other women that just get crampy but nothing else happens on their own or it takes a little longer.
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505857 tn?1329685117
Yes and no, my cousin and a friend had it done and by late the same day/night they went into labour, but my sister had to be swept twice and was eventually taken in to be induced, she swears she was in labour for about 3-4 days after first sweep but contractions never fully came on until the day she was induced.  I hope it works for you though it doesn't sound a very nice thing to get!!!
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461781 tn?1285613081
It helps for some women but there's a serious risk of developing an infection in your uterus which could complicate the delivery.
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468440 tn?1318692241
I had two of them done and they didn't help at all.  I was mad.  I was even running up and down the staris eating greasy foods to make me have a bowel movement to make things come down alittle more.  I was even running back and fourth in the hall and that didn't work. lol  But everyone is different I ended up being induced at 41wks.  Good luck
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202436 tn?1326477933
With my 4th child I had one done.  I was 38 weeks and a few days.  They did it on a thursday.  All weekend I got crampy and uncomfortable.  Woke up monday morning, my water was leaking...hospital sent me home.  It continued leaking...went back at 4:30 that afternoon and he was born at 6:54.  
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212720 tn?1304379015
I had it done and it did not work for me. I ended up being induced.
Cramped quite a bit after it though.
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304970 tn?1331429594
It didn't work for me, but everyone is different! Good luck!
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566175 tn?1278434072
Yes it worked for me.  And it hurt like heck too!  

My dr. was going out of town and I was 36 weeks, so he did the membrane sweep and the baby came the next day.  He thought by 36 weeks I was far enough along, but the baby was still a little premature, and had some breathing problems and had to be in NICU for 9 days.  I wish I had told him not to do the sweep now.  
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I want to add that my SIL recently had a baby in April. They tried sweeping her membranes and she ended up being induced. But all three of her kids were inductions. Her body just never wanted to go into labor on its own.

It really can work for some. I'd say it works probably half the time, maybe less, for women.

It is uncomfortable and you do get very crampy. It causes a chemical reaction in your body that should start true labor contractions. They can even accidentally break your water, which would be cause to go to the hospital and labor there.
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354219 tn?1259985442
The membrane sweep worked for me within hours. I was 39 weeks and a few days
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464067 tn?1297302032
i had my membranes swept twice and never worked i would have slight contractions for about a week but the contractions were so irregular and barley painful so i was taken in to be induced i hope it works for you

good luck
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Thanks ladies!
I have another doctor appointment tomorrow and said they would try sweeping again. I will be 39w2d tomorrow. I lost my mucous plug friday morning, so maybe sweeping will produce better results now? I don't know, I just hope something works! Wish me luck! And thank you again ladies! :) I wish you all luck with getting pregnant, or being pregnant!
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689265 tn?1251133687
good luck, honey...sorry i know nothing about sweeps...which is surprising considering i've had 3 very overdue babies...no idea why i wasn't offered it. anyway, hope it works for you this time, i know how it can really drag towards the end
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Hi, I can tell you what happened in with my experience.  I have had it done with 3 of my 4 pregnancies and when I had it done with my first son, it worked.  I had it done on tuesday afternoon, and went into labor wedneday night.  However, with all the rest of them, it didn't work quite like it did with the first one.  I think that yes it does work, but in order for it to work effectively your body definately has to be ready for labor.  Your body knows when it is time, and until them, you won't be able to blow out the baby with dynamite if you tried!  You definately have to have begun dialating, and your cervix definately has to be ripe in order for it to work.  Good luck!

Tara
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I had my membranes swept at nine months. It didn't work and the doc ended up inducing me the next day. Good Luck!
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im 38 weeks and 3 days had the sweep done 6 days ago still no sign off baby yet dont think its going 2 work for me getting a few pains but thats it this is my 4th baby it work with my little girl dont think it will with this one
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