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Sweep - did it work for you?

(29 Posts)
LolaStarr Thu 27-Oct-16 08:15:46

I'm having a sweep this morning, and I was just wondering how effective they've been for other people? I had one with my last pregnancy and went into labour within 24 hours but not sure if it was because of the sweep or just coincidence!

Pinklily1 Thu 27-Oct-16 08:32:36

I had one on my due date but it didn't work. I was induced at a week overdue.

smEGGontoast Thu 27-Oct-16 08:36:35

I've had at least one at the end of all 5 of my pregnancies and been overdue (in varying degrees) every time. I've been induced once and had 2 babies on the date I was supposed to be induced. I've always gone with 'its worth a try' to get things moving but really, it's not.

UnicornPee Thu 27-Oct-16 09:12:45

I had one 7 days after my due date at the midwife said "oh you'll definitely give birth in the next 24 hours!!"

7 days later I had to be induced

AGruffaloCrumble Thu 27-Oct-16 09:14:43

I've had three and none of them worked but my friend had one and went into labour immediately after. I think it's around a 20% chance of it working or something.

EsmeCordelia Thu 27-Oct-16 09:15:11

I had one 16 days before my due date. Baby arrived 2 days later, labour started 24 hours after the sweep, so baby was born about 40 hours afterwards.

Dlah Thu 27-Oct-16 09:16:10

My midwife tried Tuesday at 39+6 - no joy, still closed, booked for another Tuesday coming

Inthenick Thu 27-Oct-16 09:24:36

No and no.

JolieColombe Thu 27-Oct-16 09:27:31

I had two sweeps last time, one on my due date, one at 41 weeks, both of which did sweet FA (also tried pineapple, curry and sex, ditto). DD2 finally put in an appearance the day before I was booked to go in for an induction. Should I ever be pregnant again, I think I'll skip all that and go with the 'booking and appointment' (any appointment, hair, nails etc.) method of speeding things along wink

Fairybella Thu 27-Oct-16 09:27:42

My first one it worked on the third sweep but I also think she touched my brain

AddictedtoGreys Thu 27-Oct-16 09:28:12

I had a sweep when I was 5 days late, had mild contractions through the night and then they really started at midday the following day. DD was born that night. So I would say yes it worked for me.

jusdepamplemousse Thu 27-Oct-16 09:32:10

They only really work to speed things up if you're already basically starting. They don't kick start things.

Sometimes it helps to feel you're doing something though!

I had one - it was very painful at time (so a 'proper', peel you back of the ceiling one grin) and made me cramp and bleed but I didn't give birth til a week later.

I wouldn't bother next time.

Afreshstartplease Thu 27-Oct-16 09:35:00

I had been having stop start contractions for days

I had a sweep and was 2cm , that was about 2pm

Horrendous contractions started about 10.30 pm and baby born at 5am

Portobelly Thu 27-Oct-16 09:37:25

Depends on what you mean by worked.
My waters broke but Only the mildest of contractions. No active labour.
As soon as wares broke you are on a deadline
= EMCS within 24hrs

angiekk Thu 27-Oct-16 09:41:27

No, it didn't work for me. I know desperation sets in, but wouldnt bother given my time again.

OrianaBanana Thu 27-Oct-16 09:49:10

I had one at 40w +5 (or thereabouts) and it was v painful (and I don't think she even completed it). I had to be induced at 42. My midwife this time says my body probably just thinks gestation takes 42 weeks + and any attempt to induce earlier (e.g. for big baby) will be long and protracted. I don't think I'll bother with a sweep this time.

UnoriginalNN Thu 27-Oct-16 09:51:49

"But I also think she touched my brain" - gringringrin

Didnt work for me unfortunately!

notinagreatplace Thu 27-Oct-16 09:56:41

41 weeks today. Had one at 40 weeks, after which I had lots of contractions that clearly didn't go anywhere. Had another at 40+5, painful cramps afterwards, some more contractions that clearly haven't gone anywhere. Currently waiting for my midwife... will probably have a third partly to find out how things are going and partly just because I'm so fed up that I'll try anything.

littlerose12345 Thu 27-Oct-16 10:01:49

I had one on my due date, worked within a couple of hours. Good luck!

Solymar Thu 27-Oct-16 11:37:10

I had one yesterday morning at 40+3 the midwife said I was 2cm and cervix was soft, had period type pains from the afternoon but they eased off before bed and now I don't have any so don't think it's worked for me hmm I do have some brown spotting which I'm hoping might be the start of my plug but I'm probably just clutching at straws! Good luck xx

Notingreatplace I'm with you on the feeling fed up and I'm still a few days behind! Fingers crossed the midwife has some good news for you today is this your 1st? X

Choccyhobnob Thu 27-Oct-16 11:39:54

Had one at 11am when I was 40+7, she said I was already 1-2cm although I hadn't felt any contractions. Baby was born at 8.30pm!

OutnumberedbyFurchesters Thu 27-Oct-16 12:06:00

I have one at 40 + 4 days, at about 1pm. No signs previous to this, I was just 1-2cm.

Mild pains started at around 2pm and carried on every 5mins but irregularly for the rest of the night. got stronger next day, and then stopped at 3pm!

Started again 9.30pm, and waters went at 10.30pm! She was born early the next morning at 40 + 6.

SparkleFlutterShy Thu 27-Oct-16 12:06:55

First sweep didn't work, second one did.

LolaStarr Thu 27-Oct-16 12:59:54

Well I've had mine, apparently I'm already 1-2cm and she seemed to think I could go at any time. I'm booked in for induction on Wednesday just incase nothing happens before then. Fingers crossed!

Solymar Thu 27-Oct-16 16:10:54

Fingers crossed for you Lola I'm booked in for induction Wednesday too. How do you feel any signs xx

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