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VERY Painful Sweep- Am I a wimp?

(47 Posts)
Tinkerbell43 Tue 26-Mar-13 16:47:36

Hi All,
I'm 40 weeks pregnant and had my first sweep this morning to try and regulate the annoying contractions I've been having for the last week or so.. however I found it to unbearably painful to the point where I had to ask the mw to stop several times to breathe and then eventually stop all together! She only managed the V/E didn't even make it to the sweep!
The mw was lovely and gentle and gave me plenty of time to breathe when i needed to and was happy to stop when i asked. I have never been told that sweeps are painful before and this is really worrying me, is it normal for them to hurt or am i just a complete wimp?
Seriously considering re-writing my birth plan to include a epidural, if i cant cope with a sweep how am i going to manage birth?!
scared.com blush

polkadotsrock Tue 26-Mar-13 16:52:20

There is a little thread just a bit further down entitled 'is it just me' and you need to get yourself on it- you could be the op ;)

twinklesparkles Tue 26-Mar-13 16:59:04

You're not a wimp. Mine was very painful

It hurt more than the bloody contractions sad

Seriously sad

Welovegrapes Tue 26-Mar-13 17:00:57

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ChunkyPickle Tue 26-Mar-13 17:04:31

Nope - I never had a sweep, but VEs had me clawing the ceiling!

Next time I'm only going to let them do it very, very rarely - I just don't need the extra pain.

HumphreyCobbler Tue 26-Mar-13 17:05:24

I find VE very painful yet I coped with contractions ok.

DreamsTurnToGoldDust Tue 26-Mar-13 17:07:55

No your not a wimp, I remember telling dh Id rather walk over broken glass than have another sweep, wish to god I hadnt had it, it was worse than labour for me. I would never have another.

KnottedAnchorChief Tue 26-Mar-13 17:12:09

No you're not a wimp. Or if you are, I am too! I had a v painful first sweep and when it came to the second one the mw gave me g&a! It still bloody hurt but at least it gave me a bit of a distraction.

None of them did any good.

ladymia Tue 26-Mar-13 17:15:23

The very honest MW told me it will be painful and if it's not then I need to let her know because she is doing it wrong smile She did make me laugh and wasn't lying!

MoreSnowPlease Tue 26-Mar-13 17:18:16

My sweep was way more painful than the contractions, so don't worry about that. I think also you are more in control of co tractions but a sweep is being done to you so can be quite traumatising and make the pain worse. Midwife wouldn't get off me despite me screaming at the top of my voice telling her to plenty of times. I will never have one again!

worsestershiresauce Tue 26-Mar-13 17:21:23

I managed labour without any form of pain relief until the injection to numb where they cut me. The attempted sweep however nearly had me in tears. It was h*ll. Never again.

DreamsTurnToGoldDust Tue 26-Mar-13 17:31:24

And it didnt do anything angry

ladymia Tue 26-Mar-13 17:37:22

Yes I also want to add, I had mine 5 days ago and despite it being a "favourable" sweep I have had no signs that labour is coming.

Pudgy2011 Tue 26-Mar-13 17:51:40

Oh my gawd, my sweep was utterly horrendous! I almost jumped off the recliner and the OBGYN gave me no warning as I was only 37+6.
Seriously, everything that followed shortly after was a breeze. Contractions, transition, crowning, episiotomy. None came close to the pain of that damn sweep!

Did the job though...

Pollaidh Tue 26-Mar-13 17:56:10

I had 2 sweeps, 1 was uncomfortable and the other was leap off the bed and shriek painful. Second one worked. You're not a wimp and it doesn't mean anything for your chances to get through birth - I got through a 3 day labour in total control.

gloti Tue 26-Mar-13 18:04:17

sorry for being ignorant but when do you have this sweep!? sounds like very late pregnancy? does everybody have to have it and what is it for? you ladies have scared me so much! lolconfused

Tinkerbell43 Tue 26-Mar-13 18:09:18

You don't have to have a sweep! :-) It's your complete choice, you can refuse it if you don't want to have one but yes it's usually when your past your due date to try and get things moving x

gloti Tue 26-Mar-13 18:14:00

phew thanks Tinkerbell! let's hope I'm on time lol it sounds horrendous!

purrpurr Tue 26-Mar-13 18:47:01

What does VE stand for?

DangerMousey Tue 26-Mar-13 19:04:55

Vaginal examination - usually carried out in labour to see how dilated you are (also optional - you can refuse to have one if you don't want one at any point)

Ilovestackingcups Tue 26-Mar-13 19:07:27

Victory in Europe.

Sorry, vaginal examination I think.

Sweeps suck, avoid having another.

purrpurr Tue 26-Mar-13 19:26:01

So examinations are painful? I thought you had to have an internal every four hours? If you refuse then presumably they won't know when you're actually in labour... ?

God I wish there was an A Level or something to go along with pregnancy and childbirth. Let alone the whole raising-kids thing.

Tinkerbell43 Tue 26-Mar-13 19:29:29

My ve was very painful, maybe because my cervix is still pretty posterior (if that's the right word) but I was told by the midwife that you always have a right to refuse a ve or sweep, so there must be other ways for them to check.. Not sure though!!

Welovegrapes Tue 26-Mar-13 19:32:58

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abigboydidit Tue 26-Mar-13 19:52:05

I had 2 sweeps - the first had me clawing the bench in agony at it did sweet naff all angry. The 2nd was just 2 days later and was a bit uncomfortable but nothing worse than a smear. DD was born 2 days later confused

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