Due to SPD my midwife has suggested a stretch and sweep. She says we'll discuss it at my next appointment (36 weeks) so I guess if we go ahead I'll be around 37/38 weeks.
It's my first baby and having just read up on what this procedure is and it's low success rate I'm wondering if there is much point in it? Or if there's anything I can do to increase the success rate, ie. old wives tales of certain foods etc? My SPD is pretty bad so sex is pretty much out the question, I'm actually swollen over my pelvic bone. 😑
Also looking to ask of anyone's experiences? I've heard it's dreadfully painful which could be all for nothing !
I had one 2 days ago as I am now 6 days overdue and it didn't hurt at all. Was told my cervix was favourable and 2 cm dilated. Having said that it appears to have done bugger all to get things going! I think it only works if you are pretty much ready to go into labour. It might be worth a try for you but I wouldn't hold out too much hope!
I had one at 37 + 5 and the baby was born at 38 weeks. I thought that the labour was more intense (and painful) than my previous one but that might have been for other reasons - my first was very easy and I got an epidural before really feeling much more than mild period pain. The labour after a sweep felt more fast and furious.
Be careful not to let your knees get too far apart.
But they have certainly worked for me. The best was by an obstetrician who was threatening me with being admitted for an induction. I bargained for a sweep and come back on Monday (this was Friday), went into labour four hours later.
SPD is unremittingly shit, you have my sympathies. I've had it with all four.
We're in a similar-ish position OP (except I'm 41+1 so a fair bit further along but I'm also really hoping for a water birth and want to avoid induction).
I've had 2 stretch and sweeps already, have another one booked for today and then another for Wednesday if nothing has happened by then. I'm also a complete wuss when it comes to pain and I can honestly say I didn't even feel the first one, and the second- whilst less comfortable- wasn't painful.
You're right in what you've heard, the success rate is low (I've read about 24%), but this is partly because all the stretch and sweep can do is encourage your cervix to become more ready for labour, but doesn't actively cause labour to start if that makes sense? So if your body wasn't close to being ready anyway then it won't have any impact. Personally I'm so keen to avoid induction if possible that I'm happy to have as many as they'll offer me if it gives me any extra chance of going into labour naturally! Best of luck OP 😊
Thanks @OnNaturesCourse 😊 For what it's worth I've tried everything (bar pineapple as apparently you'd have to eat 8 of the things to get any decent amount of the chemical that's supposed to make a difference and castor oil is apparently dangerous as it can make baby poo too early). But those two aside I've been walking 3 miles everyday with the dog, living on a yoga ball, drinking raspberry leaf tea, lots of curry/spicy food, sex, calming meditations to spur on oxytocin... so far none of it is working for me and I've been doing all of this since 37 weeks. As awfully frustrating as it is I've really come to accept that baby comes when baby's ready... and not before! 🙈