Had a sweep today and just wondered how successful it's been for others? Did it work? How long till labour started? Am booked in for another sweep next Thurs and then Dr is going to break my waters the following Tues if still no luck - how painful is having your waters broken? (For those wondering why no induction, had c-section last time so can't be induced). Thanks.
I had a sweep at term+2 which did nothing except make me dilated to 1 cm, but my cervix was very unfavourable at the time. I then had another one at term+9 and my waters broke the following morning (though it still took nearly 48 hours to go into labour) - not sure whether the two were related or whether it was just time!
Don't want to frighten you, but mine was too effective. I was already 3 cms when I had it done (at term) - waters broke almost immediately, labour progressed very fast but ended in a crash cs. The only explanation I've been given so far is that some babies don't react well to sweeps/fast labour. Wish I'd left well alone!
I think it depends on how ready you already are. I had two sweeps and they didn't do a thing, but then the midwife said she didn't think they would because my cervix didn't feel ready and I wasn't dilated at all. A friend had one and her baby was born 10 hours later. So, I think if you are ready they can give things a helping hand, if not, then probably not very effective.
I also had my waters broken because I was induced. It is just like having a smear test (but one where you then wet yourself . They do it with something that looks a bit like a crochet hook. Or is that tmi?
Thanks for all the comments. Was induced with DD1 and ended up with c-section (due to undiagnosed breech)and would really like to at least try and have a natural birth this time round but feel like I fail at first hurdle as I don't go into labour without intervention. Nothing so far so looks like sweep didn't work - just have to hope labour will start naturally in next 10 days before date for c-section.