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Stretch and sweep?

I'm 37 weeks and have an appt tomorrow at which my OB said he'll check me and stretch me (he did not mention a sweep). I'm anxious to be checked but don't want to be stretched yet as I have another week of work to make it through and I  read that a stretch and sweep usually induces labor in the first 36 hours if it's successful. Also I'd like her to stay in there a little while longer. Obviously he won't stretch me if I don't want him to but I'm afraid that then he won't check me either and I really want to know if I'm starting to dilate at all. Anyone had a stretch and sweep preformed? If so what week and did it work?
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So don't get a stretch and sweep done if you don't want it then.
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He'll likely check you even if you don't have it done especially if you ask to be checked.
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My doctors only offer a stretch at 38 weeks and on. I haven't heard of it be really successful it just gets things moving so your not likely to go much past 40 weeks.
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Oh god that crap hurt and didn't even work with my second
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I've had it done twice. It hurts a lot!!! And neither one did anything. I was just in pain all day after from them both. They only work in a percentage of women. Not worth it, in my opinion.
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I have never heard of this 'stretch and sweep'... What is it? I have had 3  babies and am on pregnancy #5.
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LadyWillow: The Dr with stretch your cervix and separate or "sweep" the membranes between the cervix and amniotic sac. This is done manually during a pelvic exam. From what I've read it's successful in starting labor about 25% of the time. Update: I did not have it done at 37 weeks as mentioned above but I did have it done on Friday at 38 weeks 1 day. I work night shift and had worked the night before so I went to bed when I got home from my appt. I woke up with moderate cramping a few times but nothing painful. The cramps continued for about 12 hours becoming less strong gradually and I had a small amount of bloody discharge. Other than that no results to report.
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I'm sure if you tell your doctor your concern he'll just check you. I think it's a bit odd to get a sweep so early anyways unless for extreme pregnancy situations like GD (instead of being induced). However the sweep did work for me but I had it done at 40w2d and it brought on strong contractions almost immediately and I went into active labor 5 hrs later. It's not pleasant at all I was 3cm when she did it and went straight to a 4. And I only asked for it because they wanted to induce the next day due to hypertension. You seem to want to wait anyways which I would recommend, let that baby cook a bit more. :)
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