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So, I've had my sweep.. <drums fingers>

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abigboydidit Mon 21-Jan-13 19:47:30

And other than a bit of discomfort from the prodding there seems to be nothing happening sad. I had told myself not to get my hopes up but my hormones aren't for playing along. Having never had one before I have no idea what to expect and was thinking something would have happened by now if it was going to happen? MW said 48 hours but everyone else I spoke to said 12hours and it's been 9 already.

Baby ain't for budging yet, is (s)he..

abigboydidit Wed 23-Jan-13 14:20:19

eagleray I totally empathise. A few folk told me to hold off till at least 40 + 14 but I could never forgive myself if something happened.

Lollipoppi - am just back from the supermarket! Hope your trip had more impact than mine.

Numbthumbs - sounds hopeful. My sister had that and went into labour pretty sharpish after sweep. No idea what the -3 thing is but I would guess it is how engaged the head is. I wouldn't worry though as I hear they can shift into launch position pretty quickly once labour kicks off. Good luck!

ScottishLassAboutToPass Wed 23-Jan-13 14:22:55

No idea what -3 station means.

Just back from my 1st sweep this pg and it was absolutely agony! Baby only 1/5 engaged and cervix is quite far back and (TMI) she couldn't get her finger through it. Really gutted as with DD1 & 2 I went into labour after each sweep. At least baby has started to move down. Booked for another sweep on Monday.

Off to bounce on ball...

Numbthumbs Wed 23-Jan-13 16:57:27

I found out, its station of labour. Basically -5 is floating freely, 0 is fully engaged and +5 is crowning (makes me shudder just thinking about it) so still a way to go.

Ill be watching one born every minute this evening bouncing on my ball green with envy grin

eagleray Wed 23-Jan-13 17:04:15

thanks for the clarification Numbthumbs - have seen 'pp -2 above spines' in my notes so assume this is related to station of labour too.

Just been out for a walk in the snow - bloody freezing but managed to walk a mile, which included going up a steep hill then down through a snowy field.

DP asleep on sofa now - he said the 'mental stress' of it all had tired him out.

abigboydidit Wed 23-Jan-13 22:20:02

eagleray that's classic! Poor DP hmm. I am aching from balancing on my blinking birthing ball and had curry for tea so decided to give myself a break from it all tomorrow and just lounge around watching telly instead smile.

Good luck for tomorrow!

lollipoppi Thu 24-Jan-13 00:27:41

Well ladies that sweep did some good as our beautiful little princess was born at 8.10pm x

abigboydidit Thu 24-Jan-13 08:19:37

Oh, congratulations lollipoppi! That's lovely news. Hope everything went smoothly and you're all well xx

eagleray Thu 24-Jan-13 11:04:15

Wow congratulations Lollipoppi!! Fantastic news smile

Am slightly weirded out by how people can be sat there one minute just talking about whether their sweep has worked and then suddenly a baby appears!

Nothing like that has happened for me - had a terrible night lying awake getting upset about it all and now the hospital hasn't even rung up! Part of me likes the delay, but the other part thinks that things haven't progressed and aren't likely to for a while so I may as well get on with the induction...

abigboydidit - hope you are having a nice relaxing day so far. I have suspended all bouncing/tweaking/sh***ing too as frankly can't be bothered with it any more.

abigboydidit Thu 24-Jan-13 11:14:04

Oh that's rubbish eagleray. The waiting must be driving you crazy.

I haven't quite stuck by my rules blush. Had MW appointment and she offered me an examination/sweep... My bishop's score has gone up from 5 to 7 (not sure what that means though!) so she gave me another sweep. Felt much different to the first - I think because she had better access (am sure you all needed to know that?!).

However, am hugely tired and feeling pretty emotional so heading for a nap now as cant face more bouncing or cooking or tidying. What will be..

abigboydidit Thu 24-Jan-13 11:20:29

Found a link explaining scores and stations.

eagleray Thu 24-Jan-13 11:31:29

Thanks - what a fantastic link! The Bishop's score has been mentioned in relation to my induction, ie they will do one when I am admitted, but they haven't done one so far. I can see ischeal spines mentioned which I saw in my notes so will read through now.

Part of me would like to try another sweep before induction - going to pluck up the courage to ring the hospital shortly and see if they do plan to admit me today (there has been some weather-related chaos this morning where I live, so not sure if that has had any effect on hospital...). If they don't have space for me today, then I will see what can be offered as an alternative.

Hope you have a nice rest - I really sympathise re the emotional bit - ended up throwing stuff across the kitchen last night as felt so overwrought (luckily it was just fruit so no one was hurt...) blush

abigboydidit Thu 24-Jan-13 12:15:31

Glad to be of service! I wouldn't think they would still take you in today, would they? My hospital tends to have a time cut off as I think they want to have the 1st pessary in at a certain time so that if you need a 2nd in the morning they can. Monday is 10 days over & I know that they were fine with me holding off till then (am also classed as high risk because of previous EMCS). Would you feel comfortable waiting till then though? You don't want to spend the weekend worrying (though maybe I am just projecting my anxious nature on to you. If I have nothing to worry about, that worries me grin).

I watched One Born Every Minute for the 1st time yesterday (bad idea) & ended up howling about the fact that DH would never experience a proper labour and that I somehow wasn't a real woman because of this. DH was a bit hmm but reassured me that he has no burning desire to see something emerging from my fanjo shock & will not feel cheated by another section.

I blame the bloody hormones!!

eagleray Thu 24-Jan-13 13:07:03

Rang them - apparently I was supposed to ring them this time so they were a bit snotty going in now...

Good luck! Will be on line via phone hopefully until it hurts too much

abigboydidit Thu 24-Jan-13 13:57:23

Oooh! Exciting!

I however am at risk of coming in a very late 3rd here..

<rolls up sleeves & straddles birthing ball>

ScrambledSmegs Thu 24-Jan-13 20:38:29

thanks For lollipoppi! Glad to hear the sweep/supermarket combo (in that order) worked for you too. Congratulations!

You know, my first DC was a bad labour. Besides all the failure to progress/massive doses of syntocinon/ventouse/episiotomy/haemorrhage/retained placenta/D&C/transfusion/7 days in hospital bollocks, I felt so ignored, terrified and just not cared for that I would have insisted on a ELCS instead of induction again. Vaginal birth isn't the be all and end all.

abigboydidit Sun 27-Jan-13 20:35:22

Update from me too. 2nd sweep worked forme and after a false start on Thursday night I started with contractions on Friday night and DD was born on Saturday evening. VBAC though not entirely to plan (but that's another story..)

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