What does a sweep feel like? Smear tests have never bothered me, but internal exams when I was in labour last time were utter agony. Debating if I should ask for a sweep when I see the midwife on Monday, but I know they aren't hugely successful so don't want to inflict myself with unnecessary pain!
I found it quite sore but not unbearable and it was pretty quick. However, it had zero effect on the delivery which had to be induced a few days later. This time I'm having a section so won't have one but I don't know if I'd bother with it again. Everyone's different though and I know that once I got to the due date stage the last time I was really impatient for the birth to happen so would have tried anything :-)
I had one on Monday and one a week before. Wasn't painful but quite uncomfortable and had cramps and some bleeding afterwards.
However it's didn't do much good, this this week's has sent me into a kind of pre-labour with Braxton hicks all day (some painful) and period like pains at night. I don't seem to have what it takes to go into full labour at the mo so will prob end up making my induction on Monday
I then had another from a consultant, who said to me 'I warn you, when I do a sweep I do it properly'. She got a nurse to come in and hold my hand. It was agony. But it worked. Id definitely do it again - short lived pain.