Whats A Membrane Sweep

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lee1983 - June 30

Hi all, I was wondering if anyone can help me. I am 37weeks and have to go into hospital next week for an internal and a membrane sweep, however the internal i know the sweep i dont have a clue?! Can anyone give me some info on this? what is it? is it painful? can it start my labour? what do they do this for? This is my first baby and my midwife isnt very informative. If anyone can help this would be great thanx leexx

 

snugglybugglys - June 30

Hi have never had this done, but I just got this info off of a site: Membrane sweeping is done by your midwife or doctor. While internally examining you, he or she will simply "sweep" a finger around the neck of your womb (cervix). The aim is to separate the membranes around your baby from your cervix. This releases hormones called prostaglandins, which may kick-start your labour. Good luck! :)

 

tracem19 - June 30

Hi, i had this done with my last pregnancy. It doesn't hurt, but is a bit uncomfortable. Its thought that then you should go into labour within 48 hours, i had mine done on 3rd jan, my daughter was born on the 6th! good luck!

 

lee1983 - June 30

Thanx peeps, i feel a bit better now i actually know what it is and what it does!! Thanx again leexx

 

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