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will a stretch and sweep get me started?

(7 Posts)
janek Sun 19-Oct-08 15:47:08

i am due on friday, and have my next mw appointment on wed. i asked her to do a stretch and sweep on the grounds that it won't do any harm and my dd was 11 days late, a situation i would much prefer to avoid this time, not least because the novelty of being pregnant wore off at the start of june...

with dd i had 2 stretch and sweeps, the first dilated me a bit, which enabled the next mw to ascertain that dd's head was on my cervix which was why she had not yet entered the world, so the 2nd s + w worked like a charm.

so now i don't know whether it would always take two, or if i need to psych myself up for giving birth on wednesday (plus arrange childcare for dd). what do you think?!?

lulumama Sun 19-Oct-08 15:49:58

it will only work if you would have gone into labour anyway within 24 - 48 hours

so it is not a question that anyone can really answer!!

you'll give birth when your baby is ready grin

lulumama Sun 19-Oct-08 15:50:29

most MWs would agree i thikn , that they are best done at 41 + weeks rather than before the due date

janek Sun 19-Oct-08 15:51:36

according to my dates i'm due tomorrow, it is the scan that put me back to fri, i'm hoping that will count in my favour...

lulumama Sun 19-Oct-08 15:55:01

well, you can ask, but i would try to hang fire until 41 +...

janek Sun 19-Oct-08 15:59:22

thanks for the advice anyway. x.

lulumama Sun 19-Oct-08 16:01:11

i hope your baby arrives sooner rather than later ! lots of sex will help ripen the cervix, if that helps grin

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