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Sweep: how fast did it work for you (if it did)?

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TurquoiseTranquility Fri 17-May-13 11:19:29

40+6 today with no. 2 sad that's according to official dates though, according to my own I'm only 40+2 but induction looming nonetheless!

Was offered a sweep this weekend, then if that doesn't work, another one on Tue.

Was just wondering, I know the sweep is meant to work within 48 hours, but how fast could it possibly be? The reason I'm asking is, should I line up childcare for DS before we head to hospital for the sweep, or is it safe to wait till - if - something actually kicks off? Just really hate to bother people without reason. The friend I'm thinking of lives about 5 min from the hospital, but unless there's a good chance things would get serious within an hour of the sweep I don't want to cry wolf!

Already had too many niggles that led nowhere this time round angry

rockerrock Tue 21-May-13 00:13:06

Oh and I was induced with #1 after waters broke but nothing happened.

I would have a million sweeps rather than be artificially induced again. It was agony. Utterly awful.

emmyloo2 Tue 21-May-13 04:51:37

I had two sweeps with number 1 and neither did anything. Ended up being induced at 40+12. I don't think my body kick starts labour by itself. Now 39+4 and booked in for induction at 40+4. My obstetrician is going to break my waters and I have a feeling that this will kick start labour quite quickly this time.

That said, induction for me was perfectly fine. I had a natural birth, albeit following a long labour. No epidural. Just gas and air. So I am not worried about being induced at all this time. I was really nervous with DS1.

Callipygian Sat 25-May-13 11:23:29

I had a sweep at 41, 41+3 and i had one scheduled for 41+5 but as i was leaving the house for it at 3pm my waters broke - 3 hours later i was in active labour and then 5 hours 20 minutes later my baby was born. It was very handy i had the sweep scheduled as my hubby who works over in canary wharf was meeting me at the hospital in west london, meaning he was already most of the way home and i didn't have to wait for a long time.

I was 3cm dilated and fully effaced at the first sweep so it didn't really hurt at all although it was uncomfortable. I can't say whether it helped or not but it did make me loose my plug. I found it as useful to go in for the 41+3 which wasn't a regular appt because it was nice to be told the baby was still happy etc

I would do it again in the same situation.

plummyjam Sun 26-May-13 16:32:53

Within 24 hours. Ended up with emcs.

mummyTP2 Mon 27-May-13 12:41:38

It didn't work for me I had 12 days of labour with my second and had 2 sweeps to try and help me but they did nothing, ended up being induced instead, that worked quite fast though, I started being induced at 10am and he was born at 2.15am the next day, only 45 mins of actual labour (from 4cm) and he was out in 2 pushes

StiffyByng Tue 28-May-13 00:36:45

Six sweeps with my first! The sixth kicked me into latent labour but it was another four days after that, at 40+14.

This time round I had my first sweep at 40+3. Mild contractions started before the midwife left the house and the baby was born about 13 hours later.

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