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Can I be induced without having a sweep? How useful are sweeps?

(6 Posts)
KnockOffNorbert Tue 12-Aug-08 14:54:58

I have been told to book a sweep (althought I haven't because I didn't think I needed it yet, but am now 40 +4) but last time I had a sweep and was still induced a few days later. I don't mind being induced at 40 +9 (what they did last time) but the sweep was really the most painful upsetting thing and if it doesn't really do anything, can I just skip it? Can I book myself straight in for induction? (have no MW, just dealing direct now with hospital for some reason). Thanks

RubyRioja Tue 12-Aug-08 14:56:33

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JodieG1 Tue 12-Aug-08 15:02:43

I found my sweep wasn't that bad, nowhere near as bad as labour anyway. I had a sweep at about 2pm and went into labour that night. I had contractions starting straight away after it too.

claremu Tue 12-Aug-08 15:18:36

Is there any reason why you wouldn't just wait, or is it getting too uncomfortable to carry on?

KnockOffNorbert Tue 12-Aug-08 15:22:27

How long can you wait for? I thought 40+14 was the very max. I have no appointments or anything so no ones keeping an eye on anything, just getting edgy.

Notanexcitingname Tue 12-Aug-08 15:36:59

You can be induced without having been swept.

But sweeps are kind of seen as a "no intervention" induction. Probably becasue if they do kick labour off, they do so without all teh classic cascade of intervention which tends to follow a chemical induction. To be most effective a sweep needs to be done twice, 48 hours apart, but this is very rarely applied.

WRT induction , you can wait as long as you like. Your body, your induction, but 40+ 14 is usually the upper advised limit, after this you'd probably want to ask for daily monitoring, (and they'd have to give it) but it's your body

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