I had an unfavourable sweep today at 39+5, my experience last time was that it took a few to get things going- or maybe my body was ready naturally, who knows?! I don't find sweeps too bad though and kind of liked to know where I was so having a few was no big deal!
Had an unfavourable sweep at 40+3 (MW couldnt even reach cervix and said the baby's head was not engaged at all). She was pretty rough with me though, think she was trying to yank the cervix round to the front...!
I then had a show in the evening on 40+5. I started having contractions at 3pm on 40+6 and DS was born at 9am on 41 weeks exactly! He was my first baby, 9lb 3oz, and I had him with just gas and air, an amazing experience!
The things I did after the sweep which may or may not have helped get things going were:
- walked up and down all the flights of stairs in my block of flats (very slowly!) every afternoon. - tried to walk to the shop at the end of the road every day, even though I had shooting pains in my vag! - Had sex!
Good luck and dont give up hope! Get walking/up the stairs.
I had an unfavorable sweep at 40+8. Midwife said she was sure it didn't do anything, that I was if anything showing less signs of impending labour than the week before. We talked about induction options for once I got to 40+12. That was at 4.30pm. Went into labour about 8-9pm gave birth 2am (less than 10 hours later).
Hey lovelychops I think an unfavourable sweep is when your cervix is still very closed, not looking like it's getting ready for labour yet, or - as in my case - is still posterior, ie not in the right position for labour.
I should think if the MW did the sweep and didn't make any comments then it was probably a good sweep! Also: was it agonising?? My unfavourable sweep at 40+3, which involved the MW trying to yoink the cervix round to the front, was horribly painful. Actually worse than any part of the labour which followed 3 days later!
Thank you DangerMousey ! The MW said it was posterior, but almost anterior It was rather unpleasant but I know I was really tense which didn't help. Supposed to have another one on Sunday, can't say I'm looking forward to it ...!
Lovelychops- I recommend totally relaxing your jaw and your pelvic floor will also automatically relax, I tried this at my last sweep where my cervix was posterior and had to be pulled forward. Much much more comfortable than I remember my sweeps being in last preg.
Don't loose faith! I had an unfavourable sweep, cervix posterior but soft and long on a Tuesday. Contractions started Wednesday night regular from 10pm and our first DD was born the Friday morning after a marathon labour! It might still work yet!