Sweep: how fast did it work for you (if it did)?

(31 Posts)
TurquoiseTranquility Fri 17-May-13 11:19:29

40+6 today with no. 2 sad that's according to official dates though, according to my own I'm only 40+2 but induction looming nonetheless!

Was offered a sweep this weekend, then if that doesn't work, another one on Tue.

Was just wondering, I know the sweep is meant to work within 48 hours, but how fast could it possibly be? The reason I'm asking is, should I line up childcare for DS before we head to hospital for the sweep, or is it safe to wait till - if - something actually kicks off? Just really hate to bother people without reason. The friend I'm thinking of lives about 5 min from the hospital, but unless there's a good chance things would get serious within an hour of the sweep I don't want to cry wolf!

Already had too many niggles that led nowhere this time round angry

StiffyByng Tue 28-May-13 00:36:45

Six sweeps with my first! The sixth kicked me into latent labour but it was another four days after that, at 40+14.

This time round I had my first sweep at 40+3. Mild contractions started before the midwife left the house and the baby was born about 13 hours later.

mummyTP2 Mon 27-May-13 12:41:38

It didn't work for me I had 12 days of labour with my second and had 2 sweeps to try and help me but they did nothing, ended up being induced instead, that worked quite fast though, I started being induced at 10am and he was born at 2.15am the next day, only 45 mins of actual labour (from 4cm) and he was out in 2 pushes

plummyjam Sun 26-May-13 16:32:53

Within 24 hours. Ended up with emcs.

Callipygian Sat 25-May-13 11:23:29

I had a sweep at 41, 41+3 and i had one scheduled for 41+5 but as i was leaving the house for it at 3pm my waters broke - 3 hours later i was in active labour and then 5 hours 20 minutes later my baby was born. It was very handy i had the sweep scheduled as my hubby who works over in canary wharf was meeting me at the hospital in west london, meaning he was already most of the way home and i didn't have to wait for a long time.

I was 3cm dilated and fully effaced at the first sweep so it didn't really hurt at all although it was uncomfortable. I can't say whether it helped or not but it did make me loose my plug. I found it as useful to go in for the 41+3 which wasn't a regular appt because it was nice to be told the baby was still happy etc

I would do it again in the same situation.

emmyloo2 Tue 21-May-13 04:51:37

I had two sweeps with number 1 and neither did anything. Ended up being induced at 40+12. I don't think my body kick starts labour by itself. Now 39+4 and booked in for induction at 40+4. My obstetrician is going to break my waters and I have a feeling that this will kick start labour quite quickly this time.

That said, induction for me was perfectly fine. I had a natural birth, albeit following a long labour. No epidural. Just gas and air. So I am not worried about being induced at all this time. I was really nervous with DS1.

rockerrock Tue 21-May-13 00:13:06

Oh and I was induced with #1 after waters broke but nothing happened.

I would have a million sweeps rather than be artificially induced again. It was agony. Utterly awful.

rockerrock Tue 21-May-13 00:10:25

Sweep at 39+2 (baby #2, already at 2cm) at midday, proper contractions by 7pm, into hospital at midnight after constant bouncing on my birthing ball (and watching most of series 3 of Downton), baby born at 2pm (I have long labours though: the 'quick' second birth everyone promised me never happened...).

Could hardly feel the sweep but I was clearly 'ready'.

Home birth was planned. It was a fantastic experience, with no complications and no stitches!

I'm being induced tomorrow at 38 weeks. This baby is likely to be just 6lbs and I'm feeling quite scared this time around. I'd rather another 11lb home birth any day!

BNmum Sat 18-May-13 07:33:17

Was 1-2cm dilated (didn't realise), they said I was ripe for sweep so I let them. In hindsight I don't know why I didn't say, if I'm already in labour I'll leave it and see what happens.

The sweep itself was fine, uncomfortable but not painful.

Contractions kicked in 2hrs later, DS arrived 21 hrs later

Bibs123 Sat 18-May-13 07:12:10

My waters broke the next day.

glorious Sat 18-May-13 06:53:28

Yes the one I had before labour wasn't painful as such, though certainly uncomfortable. The one I had at 2cm however... ouch!

MB34 Fri 17-May-13 21:46:15

Life 'furkling around up there' - that made me lol!

I had a sweep at 40+10 and it didn't hurt either. My contractions started about 15 hours later and DS was born 10 hours after that!

LifeOfPee Fri 17-May-13 21:28:02

I didn't find it at all painful. I mean, I could feel the MW furkling around up there, I'm not completely numb, but there was no pain. It was fine.

TurquoiseTranquility Fri 17-May-13 19:53:53

haven't been induced either, and really hoping to never find out what that feels like! The idea of it is bad enough...

lovedimsum Fri 17-May-13 19:30:01

Well I haven't been induced before so don't know what to really expect... DD1 was a week late and DD2 was 2 days early so in just praying that I start on my own without any intervention. Yes, fingers crossed it works!! Good luck! smile

TurquoiseTranquility Fri 17-May-13 19:26:34

loved, yeah I've heard it can be seriously bad sad I think I'd still prefer a few minutes agony to being strapped to monitors, unable to move, with an oxytocin drip in my arm, for HOURS!!

Got 4 weak - but long - contractions whilst trying to get some sleep.. About 20-25 min apart.. was just getting my hopes up but had none since I got up! ARRGGGH! angry

Hope your sweep works anyway, fingers x for you (and myself!) wink

lovedimsum Fri 17-May-13 19:14:37

I am 40 + 4 days with DC3 and had my first "attempt" at a sweep this morning. Was so horrendous- I actually think I would prefer to be in labour with contractions rather than go through that ordeal again! Did anyone else find it unbearable? I had to ask midwife to stop as in was so much agony!

TurquoiseTranquility Fri 17-May-13 19:12:33

Jees homely, HOW did you get that 11lb baby out??? shock was your homebirth planned, or did it just all go too fast?

I'm still hoping for a planned homebirth here you see, but running out of time sad

Pudgy, just out of interest, why did they give you a sweep at 37+6? Is that standard practice where you live, or did they want your baby out sooner rather than later? It's just in my Trust, they wouldn't usually offer one until you're at least 40 weeks.

Pigsmummy Fri 17-May-13 18:46:20

Sweep on Tuesday and baby arrived Friday morning,

FattyMcChubster Fri 17-May-13 18:43:56

Contractions started straight after sweep but dd not born for nearly 3 more days. Very very long labour angry

LifeOfPee Fri 17-May-13 18:35:43

40+1 I had a sweep which resulted in a few blobs of show but no labour. Had another sweep at 40+6 and DS was born the next day.

Sweep at 40+5 with dc4. Contractions started within an hour, 11lb baby born at home 6 hours later!

Pudgy2011 Fri 17-May-13 18:03:49

Sweep at 0830, waters broke at 11am, started contractions baby born at 4pm.

I was 37+6 and was already 3cms though so apparently it depends on how susceptible your cervix is. I don't think my OBGYN would have bothered if baby didn't look ready to come.

Good luck OP, I don't know how you've gotten to 40+6, you're a hero!

TurquoiseTranquility Fri 17-May-13 16:22:29

thanks for your replies,
so, so far we're talking at least a few hours. Not imminent. Good!
That was my gut feeling anyway, as one would assume if there was a good chance it would work real quick, they'd be doing it at the hospital rather than in the community (my local hospital doesn't have a maternity ward anymore, only an antenatal clinic angry)

I'll let my friend know we could be requiring her services within the next 3 days just in case, but at least we should get some time to play with, anyway smile

12 hours from sweep to first proper contraction.

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