How likely is a sweep to work at 41 weeks & 2nd pregnancy?

(35 Posts)
inadreamworld Mon 14-Jan-13 22:53:16

Midwife coming to do a sweep on Wednesday when I will be 41 weeks. This is my 2nd pregnancy. I was induced on the drip at 40 + 8 with DD. Waters started leaking and I didn't go into labour naturally. I would like to avoid the drip again if possible as it was very painful and I had a pph (over a litre of blood) which I think is more likely when you are induced.

I am worried that the sweep will just give me period pains and be really uncomfortable and won't actually make me go into labour. So my question is - how likely is it to work and should I bother?

sumrandomgirl Mon 14-Jan-13 23:17:24

3 pregnancys an it never worked once...just made me feel like I had been prodded an poked haha.

inadreamworld Mon 14-Jan-13 23:28:30

Oh well.....worth a try I suppose, thanks sumrandomgirl (great name btw)

CointreauVersial Mon 14-Jan-13 23:31:37

Worked for me with DD2, was in established labour within 24 hours.

But I was probably ready to drop anyway.

Worth a try.....

inadreamworld Tue 15-Jan-13 08:11:57

Cointreau it's good to hear that! Midwife says sweeps are more likely to work with a 2nd pregnancy as cervix should be already a bit open.

ClairesTravellingCircus Tue 15-Jan-13 08:20:06

Worked for mesmile. Second pregnancy, 41+2, sweep in the morning, she was born later that nightsmile

Best of luck!!

ClairesTravellingCircus Wed 16-Jan-13 09:01:57

How did it go op? Did it work?

inadreamworld Wed 16-Jan-13 11:07:40

Had it this morning. Cervix 1cm and soft which she said is to be expected in 2nd pregnancy. Didn't hurt just uncomfortable - nothing happened yet - no bleeding and no pains of any kind. MW said give it 48 hrs.

Flisspaps Wed 16-Jan-13 11:12:19

Didn't work for me. I went to 40+16 with DD (induced, I also had a PPH) and 40+11 (their dates, 40+1 by mine) with DS. I had a sweep both times, but with DS it was four days after the sweep that I went into labour naturally anyway. I had a PPH with DS too, but then I'd had forceps with both babies.

If you want to avoid the drip or induction, you can opt for expectant management if you so wish (not everyone knows this - some women are led to believe that induction is their only option once they reach 40+10/11/12/14) - it is up to you to weigh up the risks and benefits of each option.

ClairesTravellingCircus Wed 16-Jan-13 11:59:32

fingers crossed for you, hope something happens soon!

CPtart Wed 16-Jan-13 12:06:17

Worked for me. Had sweep eight days overdue and gave birth later several hours later and very quickly too!

inadreamworld Wed 16-Jan-13 13:17:41

Thanks everyine fliss will probably go with induction to be on the safe side. Midwife says they are not allowed to give you such a high dose of the drip in 2nd and subsequent pregnancies due to risk of hyperstimulation of the uterus. So maybe it will be a bit easier this time! But good news you went into labour naturally so there is still hope for me yet!

CointreauVersial Wed 16-Jan-13 13:19:55

Good luck!

inadreamworld Wed 16-Jan-13 14:20:28

Won't get induction until Monday at the earliest (40 +12) so a few more days left!!

poshfrock Wed 16-Jan-13 14:54:06

Worked for me. Sweep at 7pm. First contraction at 12.30am. DD born 3am.

inadreamworld Fri 18-Jan-13 20:56:20

Had mild period type pains all day. Got excited when they began as thought labour might start. They have got a lot less now and almost wish I hadn't bothered with the sweep - seems to just have caused a bit of discomfort but not done anything. Roll on induction next week!!

Sossiges Fri 18-Jan-13 21:51:33

Had sweep in the afternoon and baby by the morning (did lots of other stuff too). Was reluctant to have it as didn't want any interference but was painless and seemed to work.

ClairesTravellingCircus Sat 19-Jan-13 02:55:03


It may be a sign tha things are getting started though. I had on and off pains for aweek before I went into labour. That's probably why sweep worked so well.

Fingers crossed for you!

BouncyPenguin Sat 19-Jan-13 03:39:34

Had sweep at 41 weeks for 2nd pregnancy. Labour started within 48 hrs.

inadreamworld Sun 20-Jan-13 20:32:36

DD2 born early yesterday morning after a 4 hour labour, only just got to hospital in time! I eat my words of the previous post - the sweep definitely worked!!!!

Wuxiapian Sun 20-Jan-13 20:35:38

Not contributed to thread, but followed as I'm questioning whether to have sweep with overdue DC2 myself.. But, anyway, Congratulations!!

ClairesTravellingCircus Sun 20-Jan-13 20:57:51

Congratulations Inadream, glad it all went as you hoped for! Enjoy those newborn cuddles smile

CointreauVersial Sun 20-Jan-13 21:04:07

Oh well done! So much easier if it starts naturally rather than chemical induction. Congratulations!thanks thanks thanks

inadreamworld Mon 21-Jan-13 21:26:24

Thanks everyone - I would try the sweep Wuxia perhaps leave it until 41 weeks plus so it has the best chance of working.....and my midwife had longish nails (and a lovely french manicure) even though they are supposed to cut them short I always wonder if this had something to do with it.....

HandMini Mon 21-Jan-13 21:37:46

Worked for me, first contraction about an hour after sweep at 41 weeks. The sweep did hurt in my case and caused a bit of bleeding.

It did however start a long slow early labour which was knackering. Don't know if that would have been the case anyway (first baby) but I did afterwards think it might have been swifter if I had allowed things to begin at their own oace rather than forced things to get things started with the sweep.

Wuxiapian Tue 22-Jan-13 09:16:55

Inadreamworld, I have my MW appointment at 1230 today, at 41.2w and I'm thinking to have the sweep.

Her nails are long and it is my concern that she'll bust my waters...

inadreamworld Tue 22-Jan-13 14:40:35

Good point about waters - she didn't bust mine......I would have the sweep as better than induction....good luck and please report back!

Wuxiapian Tue 22-Jan-13 17:51:37

Hi again.

How are you and baby doing, Inadreamworld?

After much umm-ing and ahh-ing, I decided to have the sweep. It was nowhere near as bad as I was expecting. She said cervix was 1cm dilated and forward, but couldn't feel baby's head and that he's still only 4/5ths engaged. Tut.

She's booked me in for induction this Sunday if no progress, so I have only 4 days, effectively, for this boy to make his moves!!

Is there anything I can do to aid sweep?

Thanks in advance to anyone who replies.

inadreamworld Tue 22-Jan-13 22:57:41

Hi Wuxia Let us know if it works - mine took just over 48 hours to work (unless I was going to go into labour anyway). I remember midwife said cervix was soft and 1cm open and that she could feel baby's head. She also said she was famous among her midwife team for her success rate at getting women into labour!!!

I wouldn't bother. In fact, more than that, I would actively decline if you are hoping for an optimal outcome.

Don't interfere with your body. It knows what it is doing. If labour isn't triggered it could be for a variety of reasons, but most likely because the baby isn't in the right position to put the triggering pressure on your cervix.

If you have a sweep and it tells your body that the baby is in the right position when he isn't, they labour could be longer and more difficult. Also, you risk both infection and waters breaking, and waters breaking with your baby in a terrible position is also something to avoid.

inadreamworld Wed 23-Jan-13 13:35:41

Starlight has a point - it worked for me but I could have been just lucky. But I really really wanted to avoid induction on the drip which I had with 1st baby.

Perhaps, but I think induction is more likely with a sweep, because if things are triggered but don't go smoothly because of bad timing, then they need to intervene.

If nothing is happening, then nothing 'bad' is happening either, so you can simply refuse induction on the basis that time is not a medical reason.

OMG, Missed your announcement!

Massive Congratulations. Ooooh, a lovely squidgy snuffly newborn - Yay!

inadreamworld Thu 24-Jan-13 08:23:46

Thanks Starlight!! If I ever have another baby then I will think very carefully before accepting induction as 2nd labour so easy compared to first.

Wuxiapian Thu 24-Jan-13 09:37:34

Almost 48 hours since sweep and still nothing.

Feeling pretty disheartened.

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