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Old 08-15-2007, 10:39 PM   #13
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Re: Stripping/Sweeping membranes?

Originally Posted by itsymama View Post
When they strip or sweep the membranes you need to be at least 2 or 3 cm dilated , they stick a couple of fingers in your cervix and sweep their fingers from side to side to separate your bag of waters from your cervix . The reason I won't try it till after 40 weeks though is it has been know to actually break a womans bag of waters .
You do not have to be 2-3 dilated....I know for sure i was not. I was only a fingertip. I did have spotting. I had it done 3 times with my DS and 2 with my DD. My water never broke, in fact it never broke until my babes were crowning.

And i did not feel a thing. Maybe because i had previous pregnancies, but all i felt was a pinch and it was over in 5 seconds.
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