mw has booked me in 4 a sweep in 2weeks time..just incase i go over (due in week and half)but its makin me feel sick thinkin bout it-labour doesnt worry me @all but the thought of a sweep...urgh!!does it hurt?is it embarassin?i figured that i'l b in 2much pain2 care when im in labour reg my dignity!never had a smear or anythin..
I had a sweep with DS2 and it didn't hurt at all. A lady consultant did it, was very gentle and not embarassing at all. They do it every day. No more embarassing than any of the other stuff we women go thru.
Also had one with DD - hardly felt a thing. MW was very gentle and didn't even seem to look, just told me what she could feel - no more intrusive than when they check you when you first arrive at hospital in labour and much less uncomfortable than a smear.
I think some people do find them uncomfortable but just try to relax as much as you can - let her know you're nervous so she knows to be extra gentle too.
Hopefully you won't need it anyway - best of luck!