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Sweep last night, now feeling sick

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TrinaLuciusMalfoy Thu 21-Jul-11 12:48:37

Exactly as it says really! Anyone have this, and if you did did the sweep work or not? Not had anything else apart from some period-cramping (which has been going on for days) and some light pains and backache last night on the way home - not even the show that the consultant said I would get!

notnowbernard Thu 21-Jul-11 12:50:43

I've had sweeps with 2 pregnancies

DC2 I had a sweep and labour started 2 days later

DC3 I had a sweep, then another 1 week later, then another before induction...

So IME I'm not sure if they work or not, really!

Was the sweep painful?

TrinaLuciusMalfoy Thu 21-Jul-11 12:53:58

Yes, very. Did yours leave you feeling completely run down afterwards? I honestly feel like I've been on a REALLY rough ferry crossing all day sad

notnowbernard Thu 21-Jul-11 12:57:46

Sorry to hear that sad

Sweep with DC2 wasn't painful at all - a bit uncomfortable, but definitely bearable. Mw said it was a "good sweep", that everything looked "favourable"

The sweeps with DC3 OMG - v v painful. I think I knew then that it wouldn't 'work', IYKWIM - things obviously weren't ready (though I managed to avoid an induction by the skin of my teeth smile). Gave me tremendous backache, and yes I did feel a bit shitty afterwards

How overdue are you? Period like pain is a good sign though!

TrinaLuciusMalfoy Thu 21-Jul-11 13:02:17

Not even overdue! 39+4 today, a little surprised consultant did it tbh, but I think it's because I'm aiming for a VBAC he's helping me not go too far over. He's asked me to get another done by midwife next week if nothing's happened.

notnowbernard Thu 21-Jul-11 13:04:24

Oh, you've got lots of time yet then! [positive]

Poor you having a sweep at that stage though - no wonder it was painful for you

Good luck with your VBAC smile. Walk, walk, walk and get on that birthing ball!

TrinaLuciusMalfoy Thu 21-Jul-11 13:08:19

Got til 2nd August when I'm booked for a section. Seems SO far away from where I'm sitting now, but I'm just SO desperate for ANYTHING to work to prevent it being necessary sad

notnowbernard Thu 21-Jul-11 13:11:22

Am sure you know all the tips and tricks, but anyway:

Loads of walking
Crawling around on all 4s when indoors
Climbing stairs is meant to be good apparently
Fresh pineapple (bit old wivesy)
Curry (see above)
Birthing ball

TrinaLuciusMalfoy Thu 21-Jul-11 13:19:39

- Can't walk, hip is completely buggered
- Spent the last week on hands and knees scrubbing and deep-cleaning floors
- Stairs - see walking
- Pineapple - ate the gross national output of ... wherever grows pineapples in the last week
- Curry - Like it's going out of fashion. With pineapple in it too grin
- Sex - see walking. Also, as 'D'H kept me awake ALL last night with his snoring, he's not getting ANY for at least the next 24 hours wink
- Birthing ball - don't have one. Don't think my hip could stand me sitting on one sad

Sorry, this wasn't meant to be a 'Poor Trina' thread blush

notnowbernard Thu 21-Jul-11 13:25:15

Tell you what, I'll send you some positive mental vibes grin

Don't apologise, the end of pg is horrible. I'll look out for your birth announcement smile

How exciting!

TrinaLuciusMalfoy Thu 21-Jul-11 13:35:12

Never got to the 'get this baby OUT' stage with DD (went to 40+7), I think I'm just so desperate to get the chance to try for a VBAC this time that there's a definite clock to beat

Catsycat Thu 21-Jul-11 13:35:49

Hi Trina. Did you have CS last time because you didn't go into labour / progress? I only ask because I didn't go into labour with DD1, had a failed induction and emcs. I wanted a VBAC with DD2, and had sweeps from 37 weeks, about 6 in total, as there is research that suggests early / repeated sweeps can be helpful for women who have previously had problems going into labour. The idea is that it works gradually, rather than being an instant fix. They won't do this in my local PCT, so I sneaked into the next county to have it done! I wondered if this might explain the early sweep?

I'm sorry it was so uncomfortable for you. I had one sweep with DD1 at 41wks, done by a horrid mw with very short fingers, on my very soft sofa. I was left shaking afterwards, (and she wrote a semi-pornographic and rather unprofessional description of the inside of my fanjo in my notes, which made the mw on my second pg laugh her head off!). In contrast, the mw I was under with DD2 was much more forceful (pressing down on my bump, really getting her hand in there blush) but it was mildly uncomfortable rather than painful. I did go into labour at 42 weeks, but had major decelerations in DD2's heartrate, so went for another emcs -- her cord turned out to be round her neck. I didn't get a show until I started early labour 2 days before the birth, about 4 or 5 weeks after the first sweep (it was still coming out the next day - LOADS of it shock ).

I was told to do anything to increase the baby's head pressing on my cervix - the mw even suggested star jumps! Would second the birth ball / walking advice (star jumps were not good with my pg G cups).

Do you think the back pain and cramps might be some very early signs that things are moving? Did they give you a score on the Bishop scale when they examined you before the sweep?

My first CS was really traumatic, but the second one was completely and utterly different, the recovery was much faster, and I would go so far as to say was the most positive hospital experience I have ever had, even though I had desperately wanted a VBAC and have a phobia regarding hospital procedures. Knowing what was what with it really did make a difference for me, it was much less frightening.

I can fully understand you wanting to avoid major surgery if you can reasonably do so (even if the first CS went well), so I hope things move along for you soon - you still have lots of time (and sorry for the long waffly post).

Catsycat Thu 21-Jul-11 13:36:57

Oooh sorry, x posted with the last few, what with writing my essay.... Sorry about the hip - not fun at all.

TrinaLuciusMalfoy Thu 21-Jul-11 14:59:09

CS last time was because DD got stuck, but I did go into labour naturally, at 40+4.

Consultant did the sweep in clinic but the couch I was on was right next to the wall so I couldn't lower my left leg as much as he wanted me to, I think that may have made a difference on how painful it was.

I don't want to avoid CS for the 'trauma' of it, the EMCS was not a terrifying experience and my recovery surprisingly quick, but nearly 3 years down the line I still can't get over the feeling of failure for not managing a natural birth. If nothing's kicked off by 2nd, I know an ELCS is the safest way to bring DC2 into the world: but it still won't make me feel any better about losing that experience, probably for good.

ksaunders Thu 21-Jul-11 15:12:57

Don't want to get your hopes up but backache was the first sign my sister had that she was in labour...her waters broke and then she was sick. Her contractions were painful but not so much that she couldn't talk/made her scream as everyone said they would. When she was finally seen by the midwife (as they didn't think she would be anywhere near giving birth) she was ready to push! Hope you have it soon.

Catsycat Thu 21-Jul-11 15:54:31

Hi Trina, I hope I didn't offend you in my previous post. I was just interested in your situation - I honestly wasn't making assumptions that you found CS traumatic or anything like that, sorry if I was a bit nosey too...

I was also very interested that you have planned CS date over 40 weeks - I hadn't come across that before. They only seem to do them at 38-39 weeks here (they aren't very flexible in my local hospital). It is interesting to hear they do things differently elsewhere, as will be ttc again soon...

I did feel like a failure after DD1's birth. Somehow, although it didn't end in the VBAC I wanted, DD2's birth seemed to put a lot of the sadness over that to rest (still not sure how a second failure made me feel better). Now it is more of a dull regret that I didn't get to experience natural birth.

I really hope that things are going to get going soon, and that you have a lovely VBAC experience - I'm sure you know all the stats, and they are in your favour. Good luck.

TrinaLuciusMalfoy Thu 21-Jul-11 16:19:12

Catsy no, not at all! I put the trauma in quote marks purely because I was quoting smile

Planned CS is because consultant has been very pro-VBAC from the get-go, but I did not want to be induced if I went over. I talked it over with him last night and he accepted my decision and was quite happy to agree to the date. It gives me enough time to go into labour naturally if I'm going to but also doesn't let me go far enough over that he's going to worry about the VBAC attempt. I'm just happy they're letting me go to term! Mum had me (her first) by EMCS and they absolutely point-blank refused to let her attempt natural birth, wouldn't let her go past 38 weeks for DD2. She had to fight every step of the way to have DD4 at just under 40 weeks, they were determined she couldn't carry to term (even though I was born at 40+11). They told her after section #4 that everything was in such good nick she could have carried another 6 to term... (not what she wanted to hear!)

Glad your experiences haven't put you off it for good - a friend of mine managed a natural birth a few months ago and has said never again! Funnily enough, one of the few things I remember saying within the first couple of hours after DD was born was something about 'next time' - odd how the brain works!

I've booked tickets for DH and I to go and see Harry Potter tomorrow night, at 7.45pm. I'm tempted to get a book going on how soon labour will start before/after the film starts wink

Catsycat Thu 21-Jul-11 16:50:41

Oh good (relieved)!!!

Enjoy the film - a bit of wizard-based excitement might start things off.... probably better than pineapple grin

TrinaLuciusMalfoy Thu 21-Jul-11 16:58:14

I'm going with the Sod's Law approach to induction: having laid out £20 to go to the cinema guaranteed I won't get to see the film wink

And if that doesn't work, DH has a dr's appointment on Tuesday he may end up cancelling. Considering doing an online shop for a day next week too... grin

ksaunders Thu 21-Jul-11 18:32:23

Sounds like a good plan. My sister gave birth last week, the day before my son's 2nd birthday party and she had a Tesco delivery due. She's a massive Harry Potter fan and she had planned to go see it this weekend on the assumption she'd be late (she was actually due today). If you get to see the film and go into labour, you can use the loud noises to cover your gasps of pain lol!

TrinaLuciusMalfoy Thu 21-Jul-11 20:04:02

Haha! Might take some painkillers with me (or before I go in) just so I can tolerate anything that kicks off wink

DitaVonCheese Thu 21-Jul-11 20:25:08

Good luck! I had a sweep yesterday afternoon and felt really sick by the evening - I googled (obviously) and it can be a sign of early labour, but like all early labour signs can mean that labour is about to start within hours, days or weeks hmm

Felt rough as yesterday evening as well, though partly because I have mild PGP and had to run after escaping toddler DD then carry her back to the car then do supermarket shop - not a good combination on top of a sweep at 40+3.

Blowjobs are supposed to be at least as effective as sex for getting things going - I googled this quite extensively last time before um committing myself because it makes no sense at all hmm but possibly worth a go? wink Nipple stimulation was about the only thing that had any effect for me last time though (went 12 days over sad) though did set off random monster contractions rather than nice orderly regular ones.

TrinaLuciusMalfoy Thu 21-Jul-11 20:43:49

Dita Tried the bj idea last time, had no effect, DH's not getting that lucky again wink I'm contemplating getting the breast pump out and giving that a try - boobs are SO sore at the moment I leap out of my skin when I brush my nipples with my arm, so can't think that getting help in that department is going to be superhappyfuntime sad

cupofteaplease Thu 21-Jul-11 20:48:35

I had a sweep with dd1 around 4pm. I got backache almost straight away followed by dark, bloody discharge. Can't remember feeling sick though. My waters broke at just gone midnight and dd1 was born (by EMCS after undiagnosed breech) 13 hours later. Good luck! smile

del1 Thu 21-Jul-11 21:02:56

I had a sweep with my 2nd when I was 2 days over due - at 4pm .
Midwife said my cervix was 'favourable'. I had some blood, and she said I might feel a bit crampy afterwards.
I spent the whole night feeling sick and just rough really!
Anyway, when I got up at 7am, I started getting contractions thick and fast.
DD was born than morning at 10am!!
I will defo be having one this time around smile

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