Tuesday, June 11, 2013

39 weeks and 1 day..doctors apt

Had my weekly check up today..Not a whole lot of change
dilated to a 3, baby is station at a -1 thats the same as a zero she said..almost 100% thinned out..
we did the membrane sweep and hopefuly it will jump start labor, it can take 24/48 hours..iv been walking around and shopping with my mom..had a few contractions nothing major..some pressure nothing we shall see if this works or not..the memebran sweep did hurt..Next appt is June 21st..hopefully we don't have to go to that..thats 10 days away!!!!!!! Yikes lol hb was great, my blood pressure was good so far everything is perfect..just gotta get this labor going so we can meet her :) 

What is a membrane sweep?

During a membrane sweep, your midwife will insert a finger into your vagina and feel for your cervix. Then she'll make sweeping movements just inside the cervix to try to separate your amniotic sac from the cervix itself. This sometimes causes the release of prostaglandins.

What does a membrane sweep feel like?

We'd be lying if we said it was entirely comfortable, but it shouldn't be actually painful. It will feel more like having an internal or a cervical smear. If you were in labour you would probably not notice the discomfort, but because you're not yet having contractions when a sweep is performed you'll definitely feel it.

Does membrane sweeping work?

It doesn't work in all cases, and it's usually suggested when there's a bit of leeway before labour becomes an absolute necessity. This is because it can take up to 48 hours to work.

Pros and cons of membrane sweep

The advantages to having a membrane sweep are:
  • It's a natural method of stimulating labour (even if it doesn't exactly feel ‘natural'!).
  • It may mean you avoid further intervention - and the more intervention you undergo, the greater your chances are of ended up having a Caesarean or episiotomy.
  • You can have it performed at home or in hospital.
The disadvantages are:
  • It's uncomfortable.
  • There is a risk that your waters could be accidentally broken, which in turn increases the risk of infection to your baby. Because of this, if your waters break, you will usually be put under pressure to give birth within 96 hours (NICE guidelines) or less.