I am 39 +2 and have been reading that if my cervix is favourable I might be offered a sweep a week or so after 40 weeks. I feel fine and am in no hurry to get the baby out but I am 40 so wonder how early they may start talking about induction.
Presumably a sweep would be offered first, but are there any real reasons why I should have one?
hi, with our 1st i had 3 or 4 sweeps, i think 3, by 2 different midwives. for me it made no difference at all, she was born several days after the final sweep- 8 days overdue. though it is meant 2 get things started for some ppl
Agree with what starlightmckenzie says on sweeps and on expectant management. Only benefit to me of the sweep i had- which is good in itself- is that it got me used to what to expect from the internal examinations which i was very nervous about. So i dont think its a bad thing but i justdont think its clear it brings on labour!
Just got back from midwife and she says I won't be seen now until 20th (EDD is 11th) and I will be offered a Sweep then but I did say to her I may decide not to. She was chilled about it. I would love it if the baby stayed in until 20th to be honest. Of course, anything could happen between now and then.
I think sweeps only really work if everything is ready as they cause prostaglandin release. Depends if you want baby out. I was 11 days over and had alot of pelvic pain so wanted him out - had a sweep and 12 hours later went into labour, was due to be induced the next day. So I had it to see if things would crack on and I could avoid induction.
Ah - ok. I hope they don't try to do one by stealth! I thought mabey they might be checking to see if my cervix is favourable but then I suppose if I decide I don't want a sweep then there's no reason to know if it's favourable?
Dueling - just had my first at 41. Saw a consultant just before my due date and they wanted to do a sweep as a matter of course. I refused and was so glad I did so as had great natural labour 1 week later when my body was ready.
Can understand that some people want a sweep as they are keen to kick things off but if you're quite happy to wait, I don't see the need for one at this stage.
hi again, reading this i couldnt believe that a midwife might 'spring' a sweep on anyone, but upon reading this today i remembered one of the sweeps i had i was in hospital on my due date with a water infection (dont get me started on that 1-id told them what was wrong with me and ignored til i needed hospital stay), dd's heartrate was fast. midwife at the hospital said she wanted to check if i was dilating as according to the thing i was hooked up 2 i was having contractions. while she was down there she said "i've just done a sweep..."
perhaps before 'examination' let her know you really dont want 1
on the positive side, my usual midwife did ask me before doing each sweep