Should I refuse this sweep?(11 Posts)
I had a sweep last Thursday when I was 40+1...I was a bit reluctant as baby is back to back and not engaged but as I want a homebirth MW suggested we try it and see if it would help move things on.
It was really painful and although she could reach the cervix she couldn't get a finger in to do the sweep and I had to ask her to stop.
She has suggested I have another sweep today when I'm 40+4. Despite hours of walking and bouncing on my ball etc baby is still not engaged and back to back. I'm just not sure I see the point in another failed sweep; I was really upset and disheartened after the last one.
I am really keen to avoid induction though (which I know I can refuse anyway), but can a sweep actually help even if baby is not ready or in a good position?
It's DC1 if that makes a difference.
Do what you feel comfortable with. My first baby was 14 days late, bit I did deliver within 12 hours after sweep. My following 3 have all been born within a day of a sweep. There is no way to know for sure, but I felt the sweeps must have helped.
Am I right in thinking first babies don't engage early normally?
Keep up the walking but equally get plenty of rest and enjoy the peace while u can Xxx
I will DEFFO be refusing any sweeps with my next pregnancy, I must of had 6 or more sweeps during hospital induction. None of them worked and they were total agony every time as DS just wasn't ready to be born yet! Stick to your guns I say and say NO THANK YOU!
Are you being forced or its been a gentle suggestion? Like what's normally said on here, baby will come whenever they are ready so if you're uncomfortable, don't do it and just wait. Best wishes
I would aswel, at 40+4 theirs still plenty of time, my friend walked the length of a local car boot when she was due the uneven ground really got things moving. :-)
I was very anti sweep and my MW agreed they didn't really help unless your body was ready and due to go into labour soon. I only had one because my waters had broken so the clock was ticking to deliver baby.
Definitely not being forced, they have just given it as an option. Think I will refuse; I think they are probably useful when your body is getting ready, but I don't think this baby is shifting anytime soon
Think ill leave it until Friday and then maybe have another one next Sunday before induction date of Monday.
I think they only work if your body and baby are ready - with DS I had one and like you it really hurt and scared me off labour. I have already told my midwife I don't want any this time round so she's not seeing me now until 41 weeks (currently 39+5) - its really taken the pressure off and I'm hoping baby will just know when it's time.
Had a sweep at 40+3 (ish) last time but I think it was sex that got things moving at 40+8 - DS was born 40+10. I still think all these things only work if baby is ready anyway.
This time I'm refusing sweeps, plan to refuse VE's and induction unless absolutely necessary - it takes a lot to have the confidence and back up to do this, I'd have been too scared first time and just did as I was 'told' - I too wanted a home birth and was keen to avoid induction (I feel one intervention often creates a domino effect of many) so accepted the sweep - it is your right to say no if you feel uncomfortable
I personally don't feel it's very natural to have anything put up my cervix - especially when I'm waiting for something to come out!
There's some really good stuff on the home birth website especially about whether you're really overdue. I also found some interesting facts (sorry can't remember where) that the risks of going overdue are equal to being early (41 weeks=same as 39, 42w=same as 38, and 43=same as 38) - these things may help put your mind at rest
very best of luck OP whatever you choose, remember to ask "what happens if we wait/don't do this" - hope you get a birth close to what you imagine and want
Thanks nicecupoftea...I definitely agree with not liking the idea of things going in rather than out of the cervix!
Had a sweep with dd1 at about 4pm when 41 plus 1 and was holding her in my arms just after midnight. V short labour - almost in hospital car park. But who is to say labour wouldn't have started anyway?
With dd2 I had sweep when I was 41 plus 2 and she was born quickly again (less than two hours) approx 48 hours later. Parents also made me eat a whole fresh pineapple and took me out for a ride over bumpy roads too then convinced themselves it was because of them I had given birth. Hmm maybe something to do with me being 41 plus four?
Sweeps do hurt - made me feel sick when mw said she had touched baby's head. Yuk! But tbh OP I would have done anything or endured anything just to GET IT OUT!!!
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