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Sweeps... with your second child...

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emmac3616 Wed 23-Mar-16 19:14:10

Hi All

I am 38wks pregnant with my second child - my first was a big baby, got stuck and whilst it wasn't a bad birth ended with suction / forceps an episiotomy and some post natal problems which are still ongoing. Consequently, I'm keen to get this labour going naturally as soon as possible as baby is a bit smaller... but not much (according to 36wk scan).

With my DS, I had a sweep at 1pm on 40+3 and was in full on labour by 8pm that day... DS born the next day. So I do believe they work (contractions were weak but there from pretty much the moment she did it).

So, my question is, if you had a sweep that worked with your first DC, did it also work if you had one second time round? Its been a battle to get the hospital to do one on due date... in fact, they won't... so I have booked a couple privately... one at 39wks and one at 40wks (in case the 39wks one doesn't work)...

Just hoping one of them works! I am starting to get panicky, I feel massive and am having tonnes of Braxton Hicks (which I never did with DS1)... All advice / stories much appreciated!

Thank ladies!

LupinIvy Wed 23-Mar-16 19:22:40

I had sweeps with both my DCs (3 and 6 months) and both worked by the next day. With DC1 had sweep at 40+8 and was in labour by 5pm next day, baby born 3pm next day. With DC2 had sweep at 40+6 after days of quite full on braxton hicks/ mild contractions and felt period like cramps instantly, although not full on until the next morning. Baby born within 30 minutes of arriving at the hospital at 10am.

When things kicked off with my second it was much much quicker.

Hope that helps! Good luck!

emmac3616 Wed 23-Mar-16 20:44:35

Thanks LupinIvy - very reassuring! FINGERS CROSSED! :-)

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