Hello all. I'm 40+1 today. I've been having 'twinges' since 37 weeks, been engaged since 36, everyone told me that baby would be early, you know the drill.
I had my stretch & sweep yesterday, midwife said my cervix was medium soft, nice and forward but still quite long. 1cm dilated. I found the sweep incredibly uncomfortable but at the end the midwife said she could feel the babys head, which was a good sign.
Lots of bleeding on the way home / couple of hours after then mucus-ey blood and then brown sludgy mucus (lovely!) The sweep was at 1pm, DTD with DH at 6pm and then by 7pm I was having painful but irregular contractions and lots of cramping. This continued until 10pm when I was suddenly overcome with tiredness so went to bed.
Woke up this morning to no pain, no nothing. I guess nothing came of the sweep, or is it too early to tell? Going to try and get things started again today by going on a long walk, ball bouncing and maybe try to DTD again. Any other tips?
I had 2 sweeps with my youngest. Both made me bleed a bit and cramp but it came to nothing. In my experience sweeps tend to just upset things but I don't think they work unless you were about to go into labour anyway. Sounds like you've not got long to go though, my cervix was hard, high and unfavourable on both sweeps, but both times they said things can change very quickly so not to be disheartened.
40+1 here too. Same situation really. Had a sweep at 1cm dilated 2 days ago. Had about 5 contractions in the following 24 hours and had a big bloody show followed by lots of thick mucus. Haven't had a contraction since 2pm yesterday. I'm bouncing on my ball too and planning on a walk. I have been violently sick this morning but I do suffer with hyperemesis. Feel too ill to go for a walk.
The sweep worked for me at 41 weeks. About 12 hours later I started having contractions, but my labour was very long and it was another exhausting 48 hours before baby arrived. You will know if it's a contraction even if there are long gaps between them. Mine started every 15-20 mins. It's an indescribable pain, and there is no mistaking it!