The stress of waiting and possibly dealing with ongoing unprogressive contractions can lead you to feeling very tired and over it you may even decide to give up and accept more interventions to get it over with.
Ask your midwife for details as most have written information for you to read.
Enkin M, Keirse mjnc, Neilson J, Crowther C, Duley L, Hodnett E, Hofmeyr.The point of it is to separate the sac surrounding your baby from the cervix.Unfortunately, many women experience membranes sweeps during pre-natal appointments, and are not aware the procedure will be done until after it has occurred.Some women find the procedure painful.The procedure may also be called a stretch and sweep, because if a sweep isn't possible, your midwife may still try to stretch or massage your cervix.Last reviewed: March 2015, this article was written using the following sources: Boulvain M, Stan C, Irion.Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (1 CD000451.A membrane sweep can be uncomfortable for some women and there may be some vaginal bleeding afterwards.If you've passed your due date, you should be offered a membrane sweep before other methods of induction.If an induction is necessary for medical reasons, a membrane sweep can seem like a gentler option than medical methods of induction.It may even be recommended when theres no medical indication for an induction, but simply because your estimated due date is approaching.If bacteria makes its way through the cervix, theres a chance that an infection may weaken the membranes, causing them to rupture prematurely (prom).I'm overdue and I'm wondering if I should have a membrane sweep.National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health.Some women find the procedure painful so you may want to try out your breathing techniques to help you relax while it's being done.A membrane sweep can be uncomfortable, as the cervix is often difficult to reach before your labour begins.If a membrane sweep doesnt bring on labour and your care provider doesnt support waiting for labour to begin spontaneously, you are more likely to have a medical induction.You may be offered two or three membrane sweeps before your doctor or midwife suggests other ways for you to be induced.A membrane sweep can be uncomfortable as the cervix is often difficult to reach before labour begins.As a midwife I have been guilty in the past of saying to a mom-to-be, who was overdue, "Would you like me to 'sweep your membranes'?" As a phrase, it conjures up all sorts of images and confirms that a midwife's habits are many and.Although theres no guarantee it will start your labour, it does help some women avoid having their labour induced in more invasive ways.
If induction is necessary for medical reasons, a membrane sweep is not usually performed on its own other methods are usually used.
This increases the risks of further interventions, such as antibiotics and monitoring.