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If you had a sweep.....

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Nottalotta Mon 30-Jan-17 05:50:37

When did you have it and did it work? How quickly did things start?

Due to have one at 39+5, and 40. Will end up with c section if I don't go into labour by 40 +4.

CurlyWurlyCatcher Mon 30-Jan-17 05:57:42

With my first daughter it took 24 hours, with my second it was 6 hours later that contractions started properly.

Good luck! flowerssmile

AyeAmarok Mon 30-Jan-17 06:02:01

I had one at 40+6 IIRC, didn't work. Then had another at 41+5. Didn't work either! I was induced a few days later.

Mablethorpe Mon 30-Jan-17 06:25:51

I had two with my last pregnancy, one at 40+2 and another at 41 exactly. Neither worked and was induced at 42 weeks in the end.

ChilliMum Mon 30-Jan-17 06:26:35

With my 2nd can't remember exactly but around 40 weeks.
Midwife said she didn't think it would help as my cervix was still v.firm and she would probably need to do another in a few days. I was in labour by the evening.

Nottalotta Mon 30-Jan-17 07:30:12

As ever with these things, it's so variable isn't it?!?! Thanks for your answers.

Afreshstartplease Mon 30-Jan-17 07:32:15

I had one at 39+5 and went into labour late that night, baby born less than 24 hours after sweep

BabyHaribo Mon 30-Jan-17 07:32:27

Mine worked within 24 hours even though midwife said my cervix was 'unfavourable'

I think you are right it's so variable good luck though

HandbagFan Mon 30-Jan-17 07:34:14

Had two. Didn't work.

Boogers Mon 30-Jan-17 08:26:43

Had one with DD at 40+11, didn't work. Induced at 40+12.

purplefizz26 Mon 30-Jan-17 08:54:10

Did nothing
Baby born 41+5

annlee3817 Mon 30-Jan-17 10:21:58

1st Sweep at 37 weeks due to reduced movement - 1cm dilated
2nd sweep at 40 weeks 3-4cm dliated, went into labour at 40+5

WellTidy Mon 30-Jan-17 10:24:28

I had one at 40w. Did nothing. Went into labour 5 days later, very slow, waters broken, failure to progress, EMCS, baby born 40+7.

vroc81 Mon 30-Jan-17 10:35:22

I had five... yes five... I was the queen of the sweeps in our NCT group..

First one on due date and then everytime they checked my blood pressure and monitored me until they induced me at 40+10..

One of the midwives that had done it a couple of times while running the checks waved at me as I went in to theater for my EMCS and I made the collection of people with my bed laugh when I said it was nice to see her fingers moving free from my body!

MsStricty Mon 30-Jan-17 10:37:35

Two sweeps, didn't work. Acupuncture needles in my shins and back brought on contractions within one or two minutes - the acupuncturist had to pull them out the contractions were so strong!

Nottalotta Mon 30-Jan-17 11:55:49

Interesting msstricty!

Hellmouth Mon 30-Jan-17 11:58:52

I had two sweeps at 40-41 weeks, I think, can't remember exactly. Neither worked, and I was induced on 41+6. Contractions started within minutes but DS really didn't want to come out so I was in labour for 24 hours.

Butterpuff Mon 30-Jan-17 12:11:16

40+11 here contractions started about 36 hours later..........and ended in a section at 40+15 good luck. smile

AllTheLight Mon 30-Jan-17 12:18:28

I had a sweep at 40+6 and it 'worked' in the sense that I went into labour within 24 hours (but who knows if that was a direct result of the sweep or would have happened anyway).

40+4 seems quite early to have a c-section though (unless there are other risk factors)?

nuggles Mon 30-Jan-17 15:49:26

I had 5 sweeps (I was doing anything and everything I could to avoid another induction) and believe they did help things along:

41 weeks sweep 1cm
41+1 sweep 2cm
41 + 3 sweep 5cm
41 + 4 had two sweeps one whilst having waters broken and second an hour after waters at 6cm

Contractions came on strong after the 5th!

ExpectoPatronummmm Mon 30-Jan-17 18:51:46

Had a sweep at 41 weeks

Quote midwife "wow I can feel the head.. you'll definetly give birth in the next 24 hours!"

One week later still no baby so had to be induced

Nikki2ol6 Mon 30-Jan-17 19:27:52

I thought it was working I lost my plug the next day and began having loose stools and not feeling hungry at all, pains would start and stop.... this went on for a day then they broke my water and I was contracting pretty much immediately and off I went lol

Nottalotta Mon 30-Jan-17 19:33:06

Thanks everyone. Wish me luck tomorrow. I certainly feel like something might be moving, but then I had ds at 38+6 and he was breech so never been this pregnant before, or gone into labour.

Yes, other issues so won't go too overdue.

Apparently the baby is 'well down' (2/5) and in a good position. I'm crapping myself slightly!!

nuggles Mon 30-Jan-17 23:08:12

You'll be fine. Good luck x

Nottalotta Wed 01-Feb-17 09:41:41

Had it yesterday around 11am. Mw wasn't expecting much but cervix had thinned, was 'favourable' and 2cm dilated! Lost a tiny bit of plug last night and quire a big blob this morning.

Wondering if things are going to start, need to go shopping and to buy a cot mattress......

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