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Stretch and Sweep

(19 Posts)
mrsdusty Fri 24-Dec-04 11:01:22

I am booked into have a stretch and sweep. Has anyone had one? If so what is it like ie painful, and most importantly of all did it work?

Cheers and beers for any advice. xx

PamiNativity Fri 24-Dec-04 11:03:35

I had a sweep with dd1. It was more uncomfortable than painful. Unfortunately it didn't work and I had to be induced.
Best of luck xxx

SantaClausfrau Fri 24-Dec-04 11:04:24

I had one - was 2 weeks overdue and gave birth within 24 hours. It was more uncomfortable than a smear but IMHO much less uncomfortable than still being 42 weeks PG in a heatwave! I swear DS2 (17 months) would still be in there now if I hadnt had the sweep. May yours be effective and painless!

Gobbledigoose Fri 24-Dec-04 12:18:15

I had one with ds1 but it was ineffective and I was induced.

No need with ds2 - a week early and the speed of lightening - OUCH!

With ds3 I had about 3 - gave me nasty period type cramps afterwards and I did have some show - the third one was the day before I had ds3 but I think it's hard to tell if the sweep does anything or if you would have gone into labour.

If you are at the end of your tether (I was cos it was August and bloody boiling) it's worth a go!

Good luck!

Tinker Fri 24-Dec-04 12:42:15

I had one (didn't know at the time what it was), baby born about 2 hours later.

Tinker Fri 24-Dec-04 12:42:31

12 not 2!

babster Fri 24-Dec-04 12:51:45

I had one with both dds - both worked a treat and I was in labour the next morning. Good luck x

yummymummy123 Fri 24-Dec-04 13:56:08

I had one with dd, and had her 3 1/2 hrs later! I was in the labour ward with pains(5 days overdue) and they said I wasn't dilated and I was due a strech and sweep the next day anyway,so they did it and sent me upstairs. As everyone else said it's more uncomfortable than painful. Good luck

janeyjinglebops Fri 24-Dec-04 15:25:42

I had one but it didn't work. Uncomfortable and very odd feeling - a bit like an internal exam when in labour.

TwasTheNightBeforeCatbert Fri 24-Dec-04 15:45:37

Only works if your baby is weeeell down.

I had one and it caused my hind waters to break 2 days later... No labour though.

Desperate not to be induced 48 hours later, so had another one the day after waters broke (plus MUCH bouncing on birthing ball) and labour began in earnest that night. Baby born after four fast and furious hours.

Was convinced it was a combination of sweep plus VERY active birth.

Was 5 cm dilated at 7am, baby born 45 minutes later!!! (I did not lie down, or sit down once, just marched around madly like a woman possessed!)

scubamum Fri 24-Dec-04 16:19:54

was booked in for one, but baby came along of her own accord the day before. Advice from a MW was also to have sex within 2hrs of the sweep with you on all 4s

mummiemel Tue 31-Jul-07 23:46:24

i am booked in to have a stretch and sweep tomorrow, i am hoping that i will have the luck of going into labour and having my son shortly after, im glad to see how ever that the stretch and sweep causes more discomfort than pain. wish my luck. xo

PastyPTI Tue 21-Aug-07 14:23:19

I've just had a stretch and sweep about 10 minutes ago and it was fine - don't believ all the horror stories its just like a smear but not as cold!

Enjoy and fingers crossed it'll work for me!

trendy1981 Tue 02-Oct-07 12:54:08

just had one so waiting for any signs!!!

youngmumtobe Tue 03-Mar-09 17:44:18

iv bin booked in for a strech and sweep nxt thursdai i will be 38wks n 2dais. i was told im in early labour my cervix is 1-2cm dialated and bubs is 3/5th engaged. so hoping it works. does it hurt and does anyone think it will be efffective. xox

Roxyfoxy Mon 05-Oct-09 14:38:21

hello I had a sweep 2 wks ago and my cervix was soft it was uncomfortable, but did'nt hurt at all!! bought on few twinges baby is 3/5 engaged i have had a show but no baby, had second sweep not successful baby moved back up again!! 40 wks and 2 days now fed up but have another sweep in 2days time!!! hope it works.Any sugesstions on how to get things going? tried curry, raspberry leaf tea, sex, birthing ball, walking baby not having any of it!!

gorge2003 Sat 10-Oct-09 12:34:41

had one on the thursday morning 10am had period type pains by 4ish show by 6pm....contractions 10 mins apart from 8pm and on the friday, nothing on the saturday and then dd born sunday 2:16pm...i believe the sweep worked...dd was quite comfy in there til i had it...was 39weeks when i had the sweep due to gd and wanting to induce me (thank god i never got that far, had an induction before and wanted natural labour) dd born at 39+3!

i personally think they work! make sure they r nice and rough! some advice i got given lol! wasnt painful just strange!

gemmac1 Sat 10-Oct-09 12:39:18

I had a sweep when I was 5 days over. It was just like having a smear. Had it sone on the Thursday morning and by 9pm that night started to have period like pains and had my dd at 11.56 the next day

Dalrymps Sat 10-Oct-09 12:39:19

I had 2, more like slightly uncomfortable poking and rumaging than painful. I think the 2nd one started to stir things in to action but I just had a show then was induced a few days later anyway as had still not gone in to labour properly.

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