The midwife won't do this unless there is an issue that needs to be checked out. I wasn't examined until I had a stretch and sweep on my due date and another time before that to check I wasn't in early labour as was experiencing some contractions.
Ok thanks. I thought that might be the case but I have been getting loads of BH contractions and pressure really low down (head was engaged at appt 2 weeks ago). She said I was measuring big and was "all baby" so didn't expect me to go to term.
I don't want a sweep yet but am interested in whether the BHs are having any effect on my cervix.
Tbh I was exactly the same with BH and pressure with both babies after 37 weeks. Dd1 was born at 40+4 and dd2 at 39+6. I wouldn't advise getting poked around at unless necessary. Dd1 was engaged from 33 weeks. Dd2 wasn't engaged at my mw appointment the day before I went into labour lol. Hope things happen soon for you x
aw that must be so much harder. I was lucky in that it was the other way around for me. I was actually really comfy with dd2 and wasn't ready for her to come. I was in shock lol.
They all sound like good signs that things will happen naturally for you. Second time mums dilate much quicker and all the BH will be helping. I tend to take a while to get past 4cm and then dilate fully within the hour ouch. With dd2 it all went quite quickly and I had a recorded active labour of about two hours.
Try fast rotations on the birthing ball to get head down and encourage dilation. Do you know what position the baby is in? X
Thanks for your message Rosey. Yes, baby is head down and engaged so all good from that point of view. I am bouncing away on my ball when I can...my toddler thinks it is a game and wants to play "bouncy bouncy"!
Would love to avoid induction this time so fingers crossed my second labour goes like yours did
Lol yeh the ball with a toddler is interesting! I ended up with mine on my knee most times I tried to use it when she was awake. Certainly did wonders for my balance and thigh muscles lol. I meant more if you knew if baby was back to front or back to back sorry. Didn't articulate that very well oops. X