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When is the earliest a MW will do a sweep?

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babyperks Thu 03-Jan-13 23:47:04

I've had SPD since I was 28w pg, but the last 3/4 weeks have been horrendous as baby's head has been engaging (I'm now 40w pg). I am in constant pain, whether sitting, standing, lying down and even on my yoga ball. Everything I try to ease it just doesn't work.

So I was wondering if a MW would be happy to perform a sweep, as I know they don't like to do them until at least 41w? I am already booked in for one for next Wednesday, but I don't think I can cope with this discomfort for much longer!

Any advice or experience would be highly appreciated.

Thanks grin

SurroundedByBlue Fri 04-Jan-13 13:26:56

I can only reach it if I'm sat on the toilet. It seems very low down (after 4 pregnancies I'm not surprised, I'm half expecting it to fall out!) I have a very small bump though so don't have to stretch to far - I'm 36 weeks now maybe I will get huge all of a sudden. It feels squishy and flat with a hole in the middle - feels like a huge hole but I don't think it is really. Then I got scared and stopped poking around grin blush

babyperks Fri 04-Jan-13 13:50:47

zzzzz: Don't get me wrong I'm still moving about, I know sitting there and just waiting isn't going to help move things along! I just have to grit my teeth when things get a bit much, and yeah like you, just repeat, nearly done! Just had my call back and she's told me to go in at 3 grin obviously I will keep active afterwards too to help baby's head come down. I just hope it works!

Surrounded: Ah well seeing as this is my 1st pg I would be slightly worried if I could feel mine! It just makes me giggle that you've managed to cop a feel! Yeah I wouldn't mess around with it too much, might not be too good!

So hoping that this sweep works, if not I'm sure they'll book me in for another on Monday so I'll only have 2 days to wait to try again! Wish me luck guys! grin

SurroundedByBlue Fri 04-Jan-13 14:02:39

This is definitely TMI but:

The midwife told me last time that the best way to give labour a kick start isn't sex as most people think, it's oral sex. Because sperm contains prostaglandins (which is the hormone they use in the pessary to induce labour in hospitals) it can be useful to get things started, especially after a sweep. But, its best taken orally and more affective that way. Desperate times and all that.... wink

eagleray Fri 04-Jan-13 14:15:15

Dear god no - am really suffering with heartburn today and swallowing Gaviscon is bad enough confused

babyperks Fri 04-Jan-13 14:32:45

Haha! Best not let OH read that part! How does swallowing it work though? I would of thought it would have to go near the cervix?

SurroundedByBlue Fri 04-Jan-13 14:40:24

I just googled it grin and it says that the hormone is absorbed 10x better through the mucus membrane than through vaginal mucus. It gets into the blood stream quicker through the stomach lining or something.

it worked for me last time, did the deed in the morning and had my baby 12 hours later

Makes me queasy thinking about it right now though.

zzzzz Fri 04-Jan-13 15:13:16

Please DO NOT PUBLICISE that little gem.

Go for a walk. Honestly I could barely eat by the end, give the poor woman a break.

clickingtock Fri 04-Jan-13 15:23:21

Hehehe I think my OH might be a happy man tonight. We've got a steak dinner lined up, but do you think the blow job should be starter or dessert? wink grin

Eagle I've been suffering with acid reflux too but only of late. Apparently that's a good thing, hormones are softening up all sphincters, cervix and oesophagus. You're nearly there. grin

iwillsleepagainsomeday Fri 04-Jan-13 15:26:55


Emsyboo Fri 04-Jan-13 15:49:20

Lol on the oral + gaviscon- I would have thought that it would need to be in contact with the cervix?
I was booked in for a sweep for DS at 39 weeks this was because there was some discrepancies on the date and he was a big boy so couldn't be sure - their dates were 2 weeks later than mine.
I ended up getting induced at 39 weeks anyway but they had no problem with me getting a sweep that early.

Panzee Fri 04-Jan-13 15:53:10

I suspect a man published that "research" grin

eagleray Fri 04-Jan-13 16:27:51

The worst part of it would the smug look on DP's face, and his belief that he was selflessly doing me a favour.

Well, let's review the situation in 2 week's time when I am 40 weeks and trying to decide whether to go for that or induction at the hospital...

MrsJSC Sat 05-Jan-13 05:27:21

My consultant gave me a sweep at 37wks plus 5 last week. Depends on circumstances. Sorry to hear you are so uncomfortable, not long now

babyperks Sun 06-Jan-13 22:54:13

A friend has told me that they will only do 2 sweeps and on more, is this true or is she mistaken?

babyperks Sun 06-Jan-13 22:54:50

Sorry that's meant to be "no more" smile

eagleray Sun 06-Jan-13 23:01:25

Hi babyperks - I am having my first this weds and think I was told that I would be best to have one every 3 days thereafter, but don't recall being told I would have only 2.

But then I could be completely wrong as it's not something I know a lot about!

I take it you had one on Friday? How did it go? Did the MW tell you how things were looking and what the chances were of it working?

babyperks Sun 06-Jan-13 23:12:34

Ah right ok. That's what I thought!

Yeah it went well, she said she could just feel the opening so gave it a little massage. She said to expect a little bleed and small amount of brown discharge, but the most I got was 2 tiny spots of blood. A bit of discharge but not much. And it definitely hasn't brought on the labour! I've got another one booked in for Wednesday but I was hoping to have one tomorrow as well, as then by Wednesday, it should definitely be favourable!

Good luck for yours on Wednesday. I admit it is quite uncomfortable, but not painful, but then maybe that's because she couldn't quite go all the way up. (and she did also admit to me that she hasn't got very long fingers so that might not have been a good thing either) She did say it was unlikely this one was going to work, but I still had hope! smile

eagleray Sun 06-Jan-13 23:23:15

Sorry it didn't have the desired effect, but it's good that you were able to have one done (I imagine that being refused one when you were desperate to get things moving would have been much worse)

I will keep my fingers crossed for you for Weds - I guess you will be nearly 41 weeks by then so really hope it gets things going (if it doesn't happen of it's own accord before then!)

babyperks Sun 06-Jan-13 23:38:09

God yeah, I would have been so disappointed if she couldn't do anything! Yeah I'll be 41w on Thursday. I really can't see myself going in naturally, I'd love for it to happen but be surprised if it does!

Good luck to you, I hope you have more success than me! grin

babyperks Wed 09-Jan-13 14:12:45

Hey eaglegrey, how did you get on with your sweep today! I had my 2nd today and I'm now 1-2cm dilated and she could get a good feel of baby's head. Fingers crossed something happens now! grin

eagleray Wed 09-Jan-13 15:14:28

Hello! That sounds very promising that you are that dilated! Wishing you loads of luck for something happening very soon...

My sweep went ok, or rather it was an attempted sweep as don't think she could get that far. However, cervix soft and ripe and felt the baby go a bit shock when it was all going on (baby's head very low apparently).

Nothing has happened since, but am almost glad as feeling very tired now and frankly could do with some kip. Process to be repeated on Saturday..

Let me know how you get on - meanwhile, all the best of luck!

babyperks Wed 09-Jan-13 17:20:14

Thank you, I'm keeping my fingers crossed but trying not to get my hopes up too much!

Ah well that still sounds good! By Saturday there should definitely be a difference. Do a lot of walking, as that's what I did, and it seems to have worked!

Aww bless that's so cute! Kind of makes you a bit more excited but also a little bit jealous that they've felt baby's head!

Yes I will definitely let you know if anything progresses. Ditto to you too.

Good luck! grin

LauraSmurf Sun 13-Jan-13 15:12:03

Quote NICE guidelines at them! I did it says that they should offer on due date and again 1 week later. I had one booked in for due date . But dd was 2 days early.

I was originally told 41 weeks was earliest but when I quoted NICE they said oh of course we can if you like!
Knowledge is power!

eagleray Sat 19-Jan-13 17:23:59

Hi Babyperks - please tell me you have had your baby by now!

I'm 40+1, had 4th sweep today and still no sign of anything happening soon, but really hope by now that your baby has made an appearance and you are no longer in pain smile

babyperks Sun 20-Jan-13 02:58:38

Hi eagleray. Yes I have finally had my gorgeous baby boy! Final sweep at the hospital on Monday kicked things off, started contracting an hour afterwards. Had a VERY long latent phase, didn't actually go into labour until 10.30pm on the Tuesday night. Baby Cody arrived at 1.49am on Wednesday morning (40+13) smile We're now home. I've still only had just under 20 hours sleep since 2.30am Tuesday morning, so as you can imagine I am exhausted! OH has been amazing though, don't know how I would manage without him!

I really hope you get your little baba soon. The labour will feel like you're going through hell, but trust me, they are worth every contraction (and stitch! sad ) SPD went as soon as he was born, which is the most amazing feeling ever! Get your rest now, because by god, you're going to need it!

Keep me updated! grin

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