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Can I request a sweep?

(12 Posts)
chocchocpop Thu 26-Oct-17 14:03:45

Currently 38 weeks and totally fed up!

I am booked to have a section on my due date unless I go into labour before then (consultant doesn’t want me to go over due) however I don’t really want another c section as it won’t be as easy to recover with an almost 3 year old jumping about the place.

Can I request a sweep? Do they work?

SemperTemper Thu 26-Oct-17 14:07:18

I think it depends on the condition of your cervix. There's no point in a sweep if your cervix isn't ready. Happy to be corrected but that's what my MW told me.

chocchocpop Thu 26-Oct-17 15:56:11

How would they determine that?

KarateKitten Thu 26-Oct-17 16:03:43

They can give you lots of sweeps but they won't work until you're starting anyway. The might just kick start things by a few hrs or maybe a day. I'd ask for one at 39.5. Right before you have to start preparing for your CS just in case you get lucky. I really don't see the point earlier.

dinosaurkisses Thu 26-Oct-17 16:09:04

I had a sweep the day before my due date and started labour the next day.

That latent phase of labour lasted four days for me- irregular contractions which stopped me from sleeping. By the time I actually moved to the next stage of labour I was absolutely exhausted from four nights of no longer than thirty mins between contractions.

I'll never know, but I just wonder if the sweep meant that it luck started labour earlier than I was ready and caused the long early stage sad

SemperTemper Thu 26-Oct-17 16:11:05

They would determine by looking at or feeling it.

mindutopia Thu 26-Oct-17 16:20:52

You can always ask. I think the standard practice is they don't do them before 40 weeks, but if you are truly keen to avoid a c-section, you might find a midwife who is willing to do one for that reason. Usually they check your cervix and if it's starting to open already, they can do one. If it's not, then they won't be able to.

ChocolatePancake Thu 26-Oct-17 17:11:23

My midwife (or the others I pestered) wouldn't touch me until I was over 40 weeks, and I was HUUUUUUUUUUGE

ChocolatePancake Thu 26-Oct-17 17:11:54

(And when I did finally get one it didn't work anyway)

Mummyme87 Thu 26-Oct-17 18:22:23

Absolutely reasonable to request this and I would certainly agree to it as a midwife, however they only really work if you were going to labour anyway

RyanStartedTheFire Thu 26-Oct-17 18:26:05

You can request but they won’t normally until after 40 weeks unless you are high risk/going to be induced in the next few days.

RyanStartedTheFire Thu 26-Oct-17 18:27:05

Skim read here. blush
I would be shocked if they didn’t offer you sweeps. Start asking now if you want a good few goes grin

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