I'm 38+6 today and just had an appointment with my midwife. Baby is 3/5 engaged, I'm pretty certain I lost some of my plug this morning. I have another midwife appointment next week and she has said I can have a sweep if i want as I will be 39+6.
I mentioned this to my friends and said how I would definitely have the sweep as I didn't see the point in delaying things particularly as this bun will only be 1 day off being baked. One of my friends (who didn't need any sort of induction btw! Hers just turned up bang on time!!) has questioned why I would have a sweep if me and baby are fine.
It didn't cross my mind for a minute not to have one as I didn't think they were harmful (apart from uncomfortable / excruciating depending on who you talk to). Am I missing something?
Probably also worth mentioning that I am very nervous about going overdue as 2 years ago my sister in law had a stillborn (due to placental abruption) when she was 40+5. The baby had been fine but died in the last 3 hours of labour. Naturally, things I read about the quality of the placenta degrading the longer you go really resonate with me.
I know a sweep doesn't guarantee labour but is there reason I'm missing / unaware of why I shouldn't?
Personal choice really, although my midwife was of the opinion they don't work, and from what I've read on here I conclude they don't make a lot of difference. It didn't work for me and felt like some hideous form of assault, so I'd not have one again.
I wouldn't hold much store by a sweep - I had x3 separate sweeps with my first pregnancy because i was slightly dilated (about 2cm I think) and they all caused bleeding and period pain type cramps but I still had to be induced at 10 days overdue in the end, so it made no difference.
I guess they must hope it can make a difference in a proportion of cases or they wouldn't offer it! But my experience was that it was all a bit pointless.
If I had that kind of potential history, I would probably chose an uninterfered as possible birth personally.
I would worry that a sweep might start labour before the baby was ready or well positions resulting in a prolonged labour which is more dangerous, and also risk infection, premature rupture of membranes (which the baby needs to turn into the right position).
I asked the midwife about a sweep this week (am 39+2) and she said a sweep only works if your body is ready to give birth anyway. If you're still more than a week or so off all is does is aggravate your cervix and cause discomfort.