At my 40 week check up today the midwife had said she was going to do a sweep. However after checking baby's position, she didn't attempt one as baby has gone from 3/5ths engaged to free again in the past week so she said there was little point. It's my second pregnancy (was 13 days late with DS). Anyone else experienced this? Was kind of hoping this baby was on its way but now beginning to think I could be waiting another two weeks, yet again. Have another check up on Weds at 40+5. Any advice for me?? Midwife has suggested sitting leaning forward and bouncing on a ball...
No advice and I'm not in the same situation as you but at my 36 week appointment they baby was starting to engage then at my 38 week one they said baby was free. She said that this was common in subsequent pregnancies ( this is my first) and that it was common in active babies. She said that some don't engage until labour starts and not to worry so fingers crossed your little one is just having a last minute fidget lol x
This seems odd as the success of a sweep, I'm sure, depends on how ready the cervix is and has nothing to do with the head being engaged. Certainly I've had 5 labours, only the 1st has gone to term, the rest all before 38 weeks and none except the first have been engaged before labour. Last time I had a sweep at 37 weeks, given by my consultant. Head not engaged. I gave birth at 36+7.
Thanks ladies, will take a look at spinning babies. After bit of research, this seems quite common, my friend told me with her second (who was also breech until flipping head down at 38 weeks) she wasn't engaged the day before he was born at 39 wks!
I must admit I'm a bit confused myself. The midwife also said they 'weren't really supposed to' do sweeps at 40 weeks for second pregnancies, only past 41 weeks - although they do them at 40 wks for first pregs, and I'm not sure I really understand why!? Oh well, will have to see if she'll do one on weds, until then it's curries, pineapples and maybe a clary sage bath!