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.
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.
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
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.