Membrane Sweep

Your questions on having membrane sweep during pregnancy answered with advice on what membrane sweeping is and why your midwife may suggest it.
What is a membrane sweep?

A membrane sweep is one of the more 'natural' means of encouraging your baby to arrive if you have passed your due date with no sign of labour starting on its own. They are often offered to pregnant women as a first alternative as they can significantly increase the chance that your baby will arrive within the next 48 hours and thereby reduce the need for other, more chemically based, methods of labour induction such as prostin gel or ARM (artificial rupture of the membranes).

How are they carried out?

Usually, a membrane sweep will be carried out by your doctor or midwife either while you're at home or in the doctors surgery itself. They are performed during an internal examination and involve your midwife inserting a finger into your cervix (to stretch it a little) and then making a firm, circular, sweeping movement around the neck of your womb. This movement helps to separate your cervix from the membranes of the sac that is currently housing your baby, and is a procedure that helps to stimulate the release of prostaglandins - the hormones that signal to your brain that it's time to start labour.

How effective is a membrane sweep?

There is no guarantee that having a membrane sweep will induce labour, its effectiveness will ultimately depend on how ready your body is to give birth. To gauge this, when examining you internally your midwife will feel for your cervix; it if has begun to soften and efface then a membrane sweep is more likely to succeed as your body has already started to prepare for labour. However, if your midwife has trouble feeling your cervix because it's still sitting high a membrane sweep is less likely to be effective and in some cases your midwife may suggest you wait a little longer before having a sweep.

Opinions vary greatly as to whether membrane sweeps should be routinely given to women who are overdue. So, as with most things maternity related, whether you will be offered one should you go past your due date will largely depend on your midwife. However, it is important to note that even if your midwife suggests a membrane sweep, if you don't feel comfortable with the procedure and would prefer your baby to arrive in his or her own time, you are perfectly within your rights to decline.

What are the risks?

Having your 'membranes swept' does not increase the likelihood of infection for you or your baby. It may however cause light spotting or irregular contractions afterwards. Additionally, the extent to which the membrane sweep will feel uncomfortable differs from woman to woman and while some find it absolutely fine, others experience more discomfort.

Your midwife will be able to provide you with more information on the suitability of membrane sweeping for your individual circumstances should the need arrive and will explain all of your options if baby is taking his or her time to arrive.

Have you been offered a membrane sweep to start off your labour or have you experienced one before in a previous pregnancy? Why not share your questions, advice and concerns with other Mums and Dads to be in the Askbaby forums.

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I am getting a the membrane sweep as I am over my due date will I have to go hospital straight after or not x
by kelsmarcus 20th Jun 2013, 3:12pm
hi ther, im 38+4 wks been my midwife 2day... i askd 4 a sweep as my daughter go's away 5 days after my due date so i really dnt want 2 go over, so the midwife bookd me in nxt week 4 a sweep i will b 39+4wks then just hoping it works for me. :)
kelly an bump
by kelly30686 23rd May 2011, 12:56pm
Hi, im 39wks today :-) with my 3rd child. i didnt have a sweep with my first child and went 14days over!!!! with my 2nd i was given a sweep on my due date, it was uncomfortable and i did bleed but on the night my contractions started good and proper and i had my daughter in just under an hour and a half!! my midwife is giving me a sweep on my due date next week so hopefully it will get the ball rolling again, maybe not as quick this time though lol.


natalie, adan, deekota & Xenia (bump)
by mrsleebear 25th Feb 2011, 5:07pm
Hi, I am 40weeks and 6 days today, 1st baby, 34 years old eek. I had a sweep yesterday, I got a score of 5 out of ten for my labour readiness, head is engaged but not fully down my cervix and the midwife proceeded with a sweep. I found it slightly more painful than a smear but it only lasted 20-25 secs, it was more a pressure type pushing pain, probably made worse by being tense and not really knowing how it was going to feel. Definitely not something to avoid, it shouldn't be done unless your cervix is soft enough to do it. I had some very light bleeding afterwards, and during the night I have had some fairly strong period type pains and some light bleeding, with some lower back ache. I am desperately hoping this will move into Labour but if not I'm being induced on 5th Jan at John radcliffe in Oxford. I'll post again when baby arrives, we don't know if it is a boy or girl whoop xxxxxxx
by waggers100 31st Dec 2010, 9:30am
Hi, I went for a check up yesterday at 38 weeks (1st baby) and the doctor said he was going to give me an examination to check my cervix and he proceeded to perform a sweep without explaining or asking my permission. It was very uncomfortable but I was not sure what he was doing until I read my maternity notes when I got home. I'm really upset as I did not want a sweep and did not ask for one. I'm very happy for my baby to go full term not least because I'm not quite ready yet at home. I also lost quite a bit of blood and I still have a bit of a bloody discharge today. I think that if you don't want a sweep when you go for your check at 38 or 39 weeks with a doctor/midwife then it might be wise to tell him/her prior to the examination just in case. In France they don't say that you are overdue until 42 weeks and apparently the 40 week gestation period is not an exact science - some countries it is 41 or 42 weeks. Good luck everyone. Mxx
by Msmads 10th Dec 2010, 8:35am
Hey. Well I'm 6days over now getting very sick but my little boy is well worth it :) i went for a menbrane sweep today i was really scared to go and get it it was more the the fact that i didnt no what to expect but it was not that bad at all it was uncomfortable but did not hurt. i was due last Thursday but still not look yet so hopefully the sweep will help me but if not i am getting took in on Tuesday to get started off so will let yas all no how things go bye for now people good luck every1 with there little babbas on the way :) xxxxx
by Kellyann11 2nd Dec 2010, 8:45am
Hi, I went for a routine check-up on wednesday at 39+2 weeks and the doctor performed a Membrane Sweep without explaining or even having my consent. It was very painful, left me driving home, started minor cramps and pains, but all has settled again and no sign of real labour any time soon. I was really annoyed as the procedure was performed without explanation or reasoning and also well before due date. Had 2 girls previously born 10 days late after Inducing and never heard of Membrane Sweep before. If not successful in alot of woman - why performing it in first place.
by JaRiVa 25th Oct 2010, 10:36am
I am going for a sweep tomorrow and I will be 40+5 with my 4th baby lets hope it works! Really fed up now espec having to look after the other 3 too who are all under 8, I will let you know what its like.

Well I had my sweep and yes it was uncomfortable but didnt hurt, apparantly I was 1 cm dilated and she was able to stretch it to 2 cm so I will keep you updated
by willowcombe 23rd Sep 2010, 2:17pm
Hiya, I'm 40+1 with my first baby and had a sweep today. So far have had a show and some period type cramps, but nothing more at the mo. I'd just like to point out to all ladies out there that you will shortly be pushing a small human being out through your cervix, so to be worried that a membrane sweep might hurt a little seems a bit pointles really!!! Yes, it was a little uncomfortable, a bit like having a smear, but really I'm sure it's nothing compared to childbirth!! Good luck everyone! X
by Bloominoooge 3rd Sep 2010, 9:35am
Hi everyone! I'm 39w5d and had a membrane sweep this past Wednesday (the 25th). Had some minor cramping and contractions, but after a while, it all stopped. Have had a few more contractions and pressure, but nothing to signify labor was soon :o( This is is my second child, and had the procedure done with my daughter.. she was born 2 days later. This time, nothing! Go back on September 1 if labor hasn't started on it's own for another sweep, I think, and to talk about inducing. Good luck to everyone! :o)
by pknetzer 1st Sep 2010, 10:12am
hi there everyone..im 40 weels today and just had a membrane sweep..was complletely fine wasent painful or uncomfortable at all in my opinion i was just rather embarrassed. anyway i dont think my sweep will have worked as my cervix is softened but still quite long and it has to shorten before it can start to dilate..but good news is babys head is engaged for sure and hopefully i dont have much longer to wait until i meet my little girl :)
by Jenny91 27th Aug 2010, 5:09pm
Hi there everyone! I have read A LOT of people's questions and comments on this forum, and would like to add my experience. I am now 38 weeks pregnant with my first child, have a midwife as my care provider, and our baby's last u/s which was only 2 weeks ago is saying that baby Mason is weighing in at over 8 plds! A whopper! Needless to say, I am going to try almost ANYTHING to induce labour to NOT have an 11+ pld baby! Last week I tried raspberry leaf tea to get my uterus contracting, which worked for about 1 day! This week I had 1 stretch and sweep so far, which was a bit uncomfortable/painful, and I did bleed and have cramps afterwards (which is normal). My midwife was able to get me 2 cms dilated. Today I tried Castor Oil and that seemed to bring on a lot of diarrhea along with some strong contractions, but not enough to induce labour so far. And tomorrow will be my second and most likely LAST stretch and sweep to try and get our baby to come! Remember ladies that ultimately every decision is your choice re: your baby! Good luck!
by onacho 12th Aug 2010, 10:58am
I am 40+3 with my first baby and had a membrane sweep this morning. My experience was that it was more painful than 'uncomfortable', but it was just about bearable as it only took about 20-30 seconds, if it had been much longer I would have had to ask her to stop. I haven't really felt anything since it finished, and although the midwife told me that some light bleeding is normal, I haven't had any. I hope it works as I have definitely had enough of being pregnant! She told me that I am 3cm dilated and 50% 'thinned' and if it is going to work then it will within 48 hours. If it hasn't I have been offered a second sweep on Friday.
by chalky2001 12th Aug 2010, 10:34am
Liv10 i had a sweep with my last pregnancy, i won't lie it is a little uncomfortable, to have done, maybe compare it to having a smear test but it worked for me as my cervix had softened and i went into labour within the next 2 days. Good luck :-) xX
by VixenStar 12th Aug 2010, 8:59am
Hi im 39 weekS and just had membrane sweep, just to let people know it doesnt hurt its just a little uncomfortable. they said could feel baby's head which i thought was a little strange, that my cervix has softened and im 2-3cm dilated. then in next breath said I shouldnt expect anything to happen within next 48 hours and booked another sweep for 1 weeks time. Has anyone else been dilated so much when gone for sweep. Hope something happens soon.
by bsby 11th Aug 2010, 5:26pm
Hi, Im 39 weeks & 6 days. I saw my midwife on Tuesday and she said she would carry out a membrane sweep if i would like one on this Tuesday coming. I would really like one to try a hurry the labour up, as im exhausted now. Read a few comments from people who have had them done but still a little nervous. Just want to meet my baby, we dont the sex either so i think thats why im getting even more impatient. Has anyone got anything to help me? Does it hurt?
by Liv10 11th Jun 2010, 5:37pm
i am 37+4 and was at the hospital for a check up yesterday and got offered a membrame sweep and i took it and straight after it i was bleeding is this normal
by jeaninem163 11th Jun 2010, 5:29pm
I am 39 weeks(+5 days) pregnant with my first child and went for check up with my midwife today. I asked about the possibility of a membrane sweep and she replied that she would do one right away, if it was appropriate. I found the experience to be absolutely fine and felt no pain at all. It felt no more uncomfortable than a smear test so please don't be put off having one based on some of these reviews. I have had some light spotting since but no contractions yet. Here's hoping it does the trick and I'll soon be holding my new baby in my arms!
by Lynney07 18th May 2010, 5:39pm
It concerns me deeply that sooo many women are offered this procedure so soon! Being pregnant at 40 weeks is NOT late just full term and women can be left up to 42 weeks before intervention. It would seem that this procedure is personal choice. Being pregnant, i understand the frustration of fatigue and the long 40 weeks wait for baby to appear, but surely we should allow our body's the chance to go into labour naturally (unless it is medically necessary to intervene). I have a few friends who have had this procedure and it has been unsuccessful, uncomfortable and caused bleeding. It will be a last resort for me and i would encourage ladies out there to think carefully before accepting the procedure and speak out if you are not sure you wish to go through with it.
by Rachyrr 18th May 2010, 5:38pm
Hi, I had a membrane sweep today as i'm 40 weeks + 5 days. I have spent the last few days looking at websites like this one to get an idea of what to expect and i've got to admit i was a bit scared after reading some of the experiences people have had. Anyway I just wanted to share my feelings to hopefully help other people not feel so nervous as I have found it ok. Yes it was a little uncomfortable but only a bit and certainly worth it if it brings on my labour. My midwife was great like always and put me at ease during the sweep, explaining everything. So if you find yourself being offered a sweep please don't get worried by some of the more harrowing stories as I like many others have found it to be pain free.
by biffin22 18th May 2010, 5:35pm
I'm currently 39+5... and i'm really fed up with being pregnant now... i'm very large for dates... and the constant stares from other people and the extra weight that i'm constantly carrying is really getting me down... which i have read can inhibit labour... i have been offered a membrane sweep when i go to the hospital next week for a check on my uric acid, (which is raised) but that just seems to far away... i had an appointment at the hospital yesterday and i had a trace done on baby.. the machine also detected that i am contracting... but could be brackston hicks... I'M REALLY DEBATING ON WHETHER TO LET MY HUSBAND DO A MEMBRANE SWEEP... BUT HOW IS IT DONE?????
by jjmjohnson0 18th May 2010, 5:18pm
Hi im 39plus 4 today i have had 3 sweeps in the last week had slight cramps after them,this is my 2nd baby,woke this morning & i have bright red spotting blood on my pants should i be worried? i am due to be iduced on wed nite?o,i had also lost my show
by mia1 18th May 2010, 5:18pm
Hi. I had a membrane sweep when I was 1 week late with my first baby and am so glad I did. It wasnt painful just a bit uncomfortable. I started getting contractions that night at 6.30pm, waters broke 11pm and my baby girl was born 10.30am the following morning. I had a straightforward birth with no complications and managed on just gas and air. I had very little bleeding before waters broke. Hope this helps!
by hannah25 18th May 2010, 5:06pm
hi currently 5 days over had a membrane sweep. its was okay just uncomfortable with mild pain.
midwife said it will only work if you are on the cusp of going into labour. shouldn't be any bleeding, if anyone has bleeding you should go to hospital.
by jerri31 14th May 2010, 5:04pm
Hi im heavily pregnant i was due a week ago. I had the membrane sweep this morning nothings happened yet but theres still time. If nothing happens by wednesday then i will be getting induced bit nervous but can't wait to meet my baby boy. the sweep was abit uncomfortable but wasnt to bad worth having done and fingers crossed it works lol xxx
by smileymummy 14th May 2010, 5:01pm
Hi, i was pregnant then i loss the baby due to high blood, i was 25 week, at the hospital they insert a pill in my vagina to deliver the baby so i had pains then i thought that thet baby was coming out but the nurse told me that it was a bag of membrane then after some few minutes the baby came out he was a boy then after that the placenta came out. This was my first pregnancy i dont that it is normal to deliver a bag of membrane and me and husband we are trying again please help
by Libu 11th Feb 2010, 9:20am
I had a mebrane sweep yesterday at 40 weeks,already have 2 children, never experienced pain like this before. It felt like the last stage of labour, painful. I had slight pain like contractions for 4 hours after, nothing happening at the moment but still have discomfort. Mdiwife wants me to have another next week, not sure if i want to go through this again.
by martina111 27th Jan 2010, 9:33am
Hey everyone, I am due tomorrow with my fourth child, and was given a membrane sweep today. My midwife told me to expect irregular contactions after a few hours. She was right. For about three hours I had regular strong contractions.

Heres hoping. Wasn't too uncomfortable and if it brings my baby on sweet!

Good luck
by whale 21st Jan 2010, 9:20am
hey guys im 39 weeks tomorrow and i had a doctors appointment today and my doctor told me I was 2 cm dialated and explained what a sweep was and if I had her permission to do one. I told her to go ahead and she told me that sometime today I would start bleeding... But as soon as she was done and I sat up I started to bleed. Now when I wiped there was runny blood and chunks of blood...! Now when I got home I put a pad on and b4 I did so I wiped again and there was blood but it was a dark brown color so I called labour and delivery and then said that was normal that it was just pooled blood and was now coming out!!! Has anyone else experienced bleeding right away and it coming out runny and in chunks?? If so then what would the chunks be and has anyone else started bleeding right away??
by jennaleigh01 21st Jan 2010, 9:17am
I just had a membrane sweep this morning 6 days over my due date. It wasn't painful, just uncomfortable. I was 2cm dilated but the midwife could stretch to 3cm. She said my cervix and womb were soft and could feel the baby's head quite well although the head is only 1/5th engaged. Haven't been feeling very much yet, a few sharp pains in my stomach and down below but nothing to make me think that baby is going anywhere anytime soon! My 'bishop's score' from the sweep was 7 which i think is quite good. Has anyone else had a sweep done recently?
by songo1 15th Jan 2010, 4:27pm
too kel i would ask ur midwife about sweep if u would like one i think its ridiculous u havent been offered one....im due in 12 days been offered a sweep by my midwife 2 days b4 my due date... really nervous about it but goin to get it done as im in a ot of pain everyday and just want things movin on as quick as poss so defo ask about it gd luck....
by loz22 5th Jan 2010, 3:52pm
hi a had a sweep today am 39 weeks and so fed up this is my third baby and still have had nothing happen yet is this normal will something happen.
by lexxy 22nd Dec 2009, 9:06am
Hey ive read the comments and it seems to work for some and not for others.
Im currently 40 + 4days and not seeing my midwife for another 4 days. She has never mentioned to me anything about being overdue, getting a sweep or being induced. Im getting so depressed with not being offered things so i think i might as when i see her again. They have just left me to get on with pregnacy really but i dont know how long they expect me to stay this uncomfortable. I dont even really mind if the sweep will hurt or not i just want results and soon!
by kel1198 14th Dec 2009, 9:55am
Hi Everyone - i went for a sweep today but ended up my cervix was not open so she could not do it - a few hours after words i seem to have some bleeding, like a red mucus - only a small amount though - i was wondering if this could be my plug or if would bleed just because she went to give me a sweep?

Thanks
by Nicola2k9 16th Nov 2009, 10:04am
hi every1 an congratulations. my first son was born 7 days overdue with no intervention an the labour was fantastic. with my second son i was 3 days over an was offered the sweep! i thought great i will try anything yes it was painfull but i went into labour that nite so it worked. however my labour was not as plain sailing as the first an i found it alot more painfull an stressfull i went 6 hours without dilating any further just really strong contractions. was this due to the intervention who knows. i am now due my 3rd this saturday an have been offered a sweep on thursday 2 days before my due date im in 2 minds what to do yes im tired of being pregnant but do i want to risk having another unpleasant labour.
by pau1in3 4th Nov 2009, 3:36pm
hi, guys, my dr wants to do a sweep this week any advice
by pizza500 26th Oct 2009, 2:58pm
my due date is 2day and i have already had 2 sweeps, i found it absolutly fine and no different from say going for a smear, ive just read the last comment and as far as im aware it shouldnt be painful? id would definately have had to question that!!!!!!!
by rachael23 14th Oct 2009, 10:23am
I just had the stretch and sweep at 11.00 and now i'm heavily bleeding. It is pure blood and i'm wondering if this is normal. I was told to expect a bit of spotting but this is more like a full period. Please can anyone help.
by babyhowarth 6th Oct 2009, 1:06pm
i had a membrane sweep at 38wks 6 days. it was so painful i had to tell her to stop. im no stranger to child birth as i have 3 kids already but wud prefer to give birth any day over that!
an hour after the sweep i was having contractions 15 mins apart which were quite weak really. i eventually got to 7 mins apart and stronger ones but then it stopped about 11pm. i had a clear mucus show then nothing. for the last 4 days i have been having blood streaked mucus loss and severe period pains. cant sleep and generally fed up. feel so ill that im afraid i wont have strength to give birth when baby finally decides to appear. goin to hospital on friday (1 week after sweep took place) to get inducement booking. i wud never have a sweep inflicted upon me again. thank god this is my last baby. the sweep was in-effective, painful and soul destroying cus u spend every minute of every day hoping something might happen. it causes u pain and loss which wud of normally been un-necessary!!!
by nortican78 23rd Sep 2009, 9:14am
i had a membrane sweep with my first pregnancy 5 days after my due date it didnt hurt but was a bit strange i had a show the next eavning at ten pm then my baby was born at 7 thirty the next morning so i belive it worked for me . im now expecting my second baby and due in 3 days time im hopefully having a sweep tommorow (2 days before my due date )and im hopeing its gonna do the trick fingers crossed . good luck to all mums to be x
by nicnac17 13th Aug 2009, 6:11pm
had membrane sweep about 40 mins ago so fingers crossed........29/6/09
by donnamarie08x 30th Jun 2009, 12:04pm
i had a membrane sweep yesterday at 40+~5 days and have had no spotting or cramps. is this normal as i was expecting something to happen even if it was just a stomach ache, my cervix was 1 cm long and 2cm dialated. :(
by alison75 24th Jun 2009, 9:59am
I had a membrane sweep today at 39 + 1 wks because by bump is absolutely massive! My cervix was 1 cm dilated. Since then I've been experiencing irregular pains, ranging from period pains, really sharp pains and bad back ache. I'm not sure if these are labour pains or not, any suggestions? I've had a slight show (pink discharge) but nothing else. I've also been to the toilet twice today, after not going for a week!!!! I'm worried because sometimes the pains are coming really stong and other times they are very weak. I'm being induced on Monday and I'm starting to get really scared!!!! This is my first baby and not really sure what to expect. Not actually sure if these pains I'm having are indeed labour pains/contractions. Has anyone else felt like this after a sweep?????
by pots 18th Jun 2009, 9:53am
I had a membrane sweep yesterday(due on the 15th)and it was the worst experience of my life,had a little spotting afterwards and nothing since,i spose if it works it was worth it!!!
by blueyed 18th Jun 2009, 9:53am
i had a membrain sweep with my recent child and it worked almost straight away the same day i had it i started in labour
by danni2008 16th Jun 2009, 11:57am
this is my second baby and ive gone over by a week,my midwife has offered me a membrane sweep im a little nervous as ive never had one before but ive read that it can work if your cervix has already started to sofen.sooooo fingers cross it works on me.
by kayls23 29th Apr 2009, 10:04am
i had a membrane sweep done when i was 1 week over my due date with my first child.the next day i was in labour so it really worked.it was a bit uncomfortable but worth it.im now pregnant once again with my 5th child.but having my first son and had nothing but problems.im due on the 26th april but saw my midwife and she said if i havent had the baby by then i now have to see her on the 29th for a membrane sweep.im a bit scared but i know it is one step closer to seeing my son.
by dsdonna83 16th Apr 2009, 9:22am
i want to have a sweep done. i am on my second baby and 39 weeks this thursday and i am going to see my consultant. the baby is back to back with me so i am so uncomfortable. i am finding it very hard to look after my 2 year old as i am so uncomfortable and tired. i would sleep 24 hours a day if i could lol.
by hertsfem24 17th Feb 2009, 9:52am
i had a sweep a day after my due date with my first child and he was born 2 days later but he still took some persuading before my contractions starting getting into a pattern i had a sweep yesterday so am on tender hooks hopefully somthing is going to occur in the next 24 hour fingers crossed it works again!
by leanne42 14th Jan 2009, 8:38am
i went 8 days overdue with my first baby i had a membrane sweep 5 days overdue and dint find it much painfull my midwife said i would have my baby over the weekend aswell but i waited nothin happent then i got my inducement date n 3 days b4 i went into labour so it workedfor me
by xxb3ckiboo 6th Jan 2009, 10:16am
Hi - I am now 5 days overdue with my first baby. I had a membrane sweep yesterday and found the process quite painful. My midwife said that my baby was quite high but when she did the sweep said she could touch the baby's head and then said that she thought I'd have the baby this weekend. After that I had a bit of blood but that has stopped now and nothing further has happened apart from dull lower pain. As this is my first pregnancy I have no real idea what contractions will feel like - I'm getting really impatient and really don't want to be induced. Everytime my baby kicks I think was that a contraction?
by Jen26 8th Dec 2008, 8:35am
i had a sweep wiv my first baby an 2 days later my waters broke so it worked for me
by kazza140387 27th Nov 2008, 9:37am
hi,i'm 39 weeks on my second child,i was induced on my first after 2 days as i was already 3 cms dilated....and all went well, i've had a totally different experience this time .i've had bad stinging pains below and really bad pressure so when i went to hospital yesterday for routine check up i asked about a sweep which i never heard about before now and was amazed when the gyni,said she'll do it there and then yesterday...it was the worst feeling ever so much pain,i almost cried ...then she turned and said to me that my show had come away while she was doing it and had even touched baby's head...i looked in amazement,at her hand it was covered in blood....and the bad pressure pain i had was now gone from below.i haven't had any more bleeding or any pains now i'm just wondering how long more till something happens ...and is there any thing i could do to help it along.....
by melli 14th Nov 2008, 9:23am
Hi, I've had a membrane sweep for my daughter (now 3). I hardly felt it at all, no discomfort from it. I was 3 days overdue when I got the sweep and my daughter was born the next day. A natural birth, it all went rather quick and with relatively little pain. The only negative point I can make about it was that I wasn't really given a choice. My doctor at Tralee Hospital, Ireland, just told me he was going to perform a sweep and that was it. But as it was painless and as it worked, I would recommend anyone overdue to just go for it.
by onepostonly 6th Nov 2008, 8:56am
I had a sweep with my first pregnancy, was told my cervix was still very thick and not likely to be effective. To be honest hurt like hell but worth it. Naturally gave birth 10days after due date (2days after sweep - it gave me a show that day) which was fortunate as they had me booked in for an induction on that day. Am now 39wks pregnant with second baby and for last week have been having irregular contractions with a false labour call in hospital. Am hoping if I beg midwife may do a sweep for me - am so tired now, worried wont be up for the birth if doesnt happen soon!
by saskjo 20th Oct 2008, 11:03am
I had a membrane sweep with my last pregnancy, I was 11 days overdue and booked in to be induced 2 days later. My midwife said my cervix was lying low but still very thick, she didn't think it would do a great deal of good but still worth a try. Any way that same night I was just on my way to bed and boom! My waters went! An hour and a half later I my little baby was in my arms! If I go over due with this one then I will definately be asking for another one!
by shelbo1074 16th Sep 2008, 9:09am
I was due on thurs 28th and due to have my sweep on wed morning at home.
I'm not sure if i'm already in early labour tho as i had mild contractions on and off yesterday but now nothing since last night. am i in labour??
by kerry1985 2nd Sep 2008, 8:49am
I had an induction with my first baby (wasn't even offered a sweep) and the whole labour was a nightmare. I had a sweep with my second when I was a few days overdue. It was a very straightforward and painfree process. The midwife assured me I could stop at any time if it was too uncomfortable, but it was fine. I noticed changes in my body straight away, although I didn't go into labour for another 6 days. I then got the natural birth I longed for. I'm sure the sweep helped as before there was no sign that I was nearing the end of pregnancy. I'm now expecting number three and will probably go overdue again. I'll definitly be having another sweep if I do.
by Atana 1st Sep 2008, 8:55am
had a sweep yesterday,it wasnt that bad more like uncomfortable,as if the doc moved something that didnt want 2b moved.i have had a dull backache since the sweep.its getting no better or worse.i havent had a show or anything so i dont know if its working or not.im 39weeks preg with a very large baby.
by shazamataz 4th Aug 2008, 9:15am
i am expecting my second baby anyday now, with my first my waters had broken and i was in labour for 48hrs but the contractions weren't doing anything. i was offered a sweep and can safely say id never have one again, it was so painful i nearly cried and to make matters worse it still did nothing so i ended up being induced, my whole labour process was 69.5 hrs. this time im seeing a reflexologist, i8 know a few people who swear by it and i took an overdue friend to one and she had gone into full blown labour within 24hrs and it lasted 18mins! and it was her first!
by SJ0808 4th Aug 2008, 9:15am
I am expecting my third baby in September. I had 2 sweeps with my first baby and 1 with my second. I found the first to be uncomfortable but the others were fine and very effective. Please don't dismiss this option as it can be very different from person to person. I wanted to try this before any further intervention was necessary. If you feel uncomfortable with the proceedure ask the Midwife/Doctor to stop and try something else.
by MichelleR 6th May 2008, 12:11pm
I now have a 9wk old baby who was 9 days overdue, and like many mums It was sprung on me the day of my 40 week check up that I would need a membrane sweep to get things moving, this was one of the most painfull things (besides giving birth ) I have experienced ever, and I think because my husband wasnt with me that day made it even worse, not to scare anyone who has been told they may need to have one but it feels as though they are pulling your baby out for you without a dialated cervix. Although I have spoken to other women who found the experience to be quite ok and not painfull at all so as they say results may vary , this procedure did not work for me and I went into yet another week of pregnancy (a very sore week at that.) So my advice is to ask for the Prostin Gel
by MyMeggie 23rd Apr 2008, 8:30am

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