Do sweeps really work??

(49 Posts)
AFergie Tue 17-Dec-13 20:49:50

I had one for DS1 at 39 weeks and nothing happened for another 9 days.

Am I right in thinking that if your cervix is not favourable it just wont work?

Im booked for another one with this baby on Thursday and just wondering if its really worth it?

Strix Tue 17-Dec-13 20:52:17

You are right. They only work if your cervix is virtually ready. I had one. It was bloody painful. Didn't work. Cervix not ready. Wouldn't do it again.

DirtyDancing Tue 17-Dec-13 22:05:46

My midwife couldn't even do mine on Monday, my cervix was too high apparently ;( I am due to have another go on Friday. I think if your body is not ready it just won't/ can't work

PinkApple86 Tue 17-Dec-13 22:06:57

I had 3 and still had to be induced

I had 2 with dd and neither worked

SugarCaneShortCake Tue 17-Dec-13 22:10:26

No! MWs do them to give the impression that they are doing something to help you. If it works they take all the credit, and if it fails they will say your cervix is unfavourable!

midwifeandmum Tue 17-Dec-13 22:11:02

yes sweeps can work but your cervix has to be ' ripe' first. I had dd1 the day after my sweep.

happyyonisleepyyoni Tue 17-Dec-13 22:16:18

I went into labour with Ds 2 about 14 hours after a sweep, and with DD about 2 hours later.

RandomMess Tue 17-Dec-13 22:18:12

I had loads with all of mine and reflexology none of it helped but I just think mine were meant to be 43 weekers! Only works if you're pretty much ready to go/ripe.

SugarCaneShortCake Tue 17-Dec-13 22:20:58

My point is that you will never know if you were going to begin labour anyway - you can't say that the sweep worked just because you went into labour soon after. You can have a "ripe" cervix, have a sweep and still not go into labour. I think that it's an unnecessary intervention that can be painful to some women and there is no evidence that it works. To me, it's the start of a cascade of intervention. "Failed" sweep, induction, drip, painful contractions, epidural, episiotomy, forceps or emergency c-section.

BNmum Tue 17-Dec-13 22:24:35

I went in for a sweep to be told I was in ideal conditions for one. Apparently I was already 1-2cm dilated my contractions started 1-2hrs after having one. It was my first baby and overdue so was ready to get the ball rolling. However, in hindsight I should have said "oh, if I'm 1-2cm dilated, I'll leave it and let nature run its course thank you very much". The sweep itself was fine and not painful just uncomfortable but some things in my labour felt out of sync and I often wonder if this was due to the sweep.

AFergie Tue 17-Dec-13 22:34:44

OK...I dont know if I should have it now!

I had my show straight after my sweep the first time but thats it.

Im so swollen and uncomfortable I just want to try anything. Im also due on christmas day and Im worried i might have to leave my son during christmas which would be so upsetting for him..

I think if the MW says my cervix is high, closed whatever Ill just tell her to leave it..

Thanks everyone !! xxxx

cantheyseeme Tue 17-Dec-13 22:38:41

I like the idea of them just because the mw can tell you more about whats going on in there but ive had 3 and did they balls work and i found them bloody uncomfortable!

Bellebelle Tue 17-Dec-13 22:41:48

I think that sweeps are rarely successful for 1st pregnancies but more effective with subsequent ones.

I had one with DD1 which did nothing and was very painful. With DD2 had one, no where near as painful, midwife said she bet I'd go into labour that day and right enough DD2 was born about 12 hours later smile

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 17-Dec-13 22:44:29

I went into labour within 48 hours, both times after a sweep on my due date. But like mentioned- no way of knowing if I would have gone into labour anyway! Not particularly pleasant but not too horrific.

cantpooinpeace Tue 17-Dec-13 22:45:11

Had a sweep with both of mine on my due date & both started me off with period pains leading to contractions. Both my kids were born the day after their due date so they did work for me. My midwife reckoned she was great at them due to her long fingers! shock

NaturalBaby Tue 17-Dec-13 22:45:50

I only had one because my waters had broken. My MW had done her dissertation on sweeps so i had a good chat about them as I really didn't want one and she agreed there was no point unless your body was ready to go into labour.

Finbarfinbo Tue 17-Dec-13 22:49:12

I have one tomorrow. I really hope I can come back and say it worked.

AFergie Tue 17-Dec-13 22:53:00

Finbarfinbo do let us know how you get on!

I will update on Thursday then, let you know if it might have done something. Although if my cervix is not favourable I will just not go for it!

Supersesame Tue 17-Dec-13 23:11:52

I had one today!
Or two, in fact. She ddid sweep once then said is that OK? I said it felt ok and she did a second circle! Second time hurt!
She said second one was more vigorous. That was around 11 this morning. Nothing happening as yet. She said my cervix was slightly dilated and thinning. I'm due tomorrow. Hoping to go into labour tonight or tomorrow.

AFergie Tue 17-Dec-13 23:43:11

Supersesame please keep us updated !!

The one I had with my son was SO painful. I nearly threw up from the pan, although once its done its done.

Ah lets see how we all get on, Im curious now !

LoFo2013 Tue 17-Dec-13 23:44:04

I'm getting one tomorrow too fingers crossed it works I really don't want to g o into labour on Xmas day!

Felix90 Tue 17-Dec-13 23:52:18

I have one tomorrow! I'll only be 37 weeks tomorrow but have obstetric cholestasis so due to be induced early next week. I've never heard of anyone having one this early before but midwife said it might set me off, and I'd do anything to avoid being induced. I'm dreading it though confused

BNmum Wed 18-Dec-13 07:43:53

Good luck to everyone booked in for one soon. Despite what i said earlier, I'd rather have a sweep than an induction.

callamia Wed 18-Dec-13 07:48:55

I had two at 41 weeks (two days apart). Neither hurt, and my waters broke hours after the second.
They both made me feel better that I was doing something proactive before a 42-week induction. I gave birth on the morning of my planned induction. I've no idea whether it was the sweeps or all the walking I did, or just that it was time - but I'd definitely do it again.

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