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Sweep or no sweep(6 Posts)
Following as I’m in a similar situation- will be 39+5 at my next appointment and can have a sweep. But I don’t think my baby is engaged either (I didn’t realise that made sweeps risky). I was gonna ask the midwife to check all that first and then make a decision when I’m there.
Also my MW said the same thing to me about an induction. I think it’s just easier for them to pencil one in and then if you do go into natural labour before, then obv it won’t be needed.
I had a sweep hun when having our little boy (only child) a couple of days before he was due and I wouldn't do it again if we had anymore children...since the sweep happened I actually think it upset everything...he went back to back and I was in slow labour for 3 days and it was horrendous...everyone's different thou...I think it will happen naturally being your second baby xx
I wasn’t offered a sweep but at 40 weeks got told I needed an induction. Honestly don’t think it worked. Had a pessary and 24 hours later still nothing, eventually they broke my waters and that brought things along. Induction is quite a long process. I would of preferred to wait it out
I had one yesterday at bang on 40 weeks. It hasn’t done anything at all. They said they’ll do it again at my next appointment (40+5) but I might turn it down as it really hurt! (I think baby just isn’t ready yet).
I was also ‘told’ my induction would be booked then, but I’m in the same boat as you - last time I went into labour naturally at 39+1, so I know my body can do it. It’s just taking it’s time. I am fed up waiting now though so a bit torn!
My labour was more long than anything else. I was due on the Sunday 30th august 2015, I was booked in for a sweep originally on the Wednesday, but I started having contractions on the Tuesday so I decided to see if things would progress naturally. They didn't so I ended up having a sweep at 3pm on the Friday (40+5).
I got to the hospital at 9 that evening, was in the birth centre by 10.30, had my waters broken around 2am, then gave birth at 6.58am the Saturday morning (40+6).
It didn't hurt or feel uncomfortable at all and it did help move things along (the head wasn't fully engaged so things wouldn't have progressed on their own).
Will be at midwife tomorrow I'll be 39+5 second baby. Head wasn't engaged at last appointment. I think he may be popping in and out of my pelvis as they're prone to do with subsequent babies.
I never had a sweep with my first, wasn't offered one. I assume as baby wasn't engaged, he was back to back with his head at an awkward angle so never engaged before labour. He was born about a week late without any induction.
At my last appointment I was told I'll get a sweep at this one. Obviously I know it's my choice and tbh I'm swaying towards not having one. If the head isn't engaged there's the risk of them breaking my waters and the cord prolapsing, there's a risk of them breaking my waters even if the head is engaged and being forced into induction 24 hours later and there doesn't seem to be any evidence that a sweep actually does anything.
I was also told that they'll get my induction booked in - told, not asked. I don't really see that I'd need one as I've gone into labour naturally before, have no health issues and this baby is in a better position than my first too.
Has anyone had a sweep without the head being engaged? What are your thoughts on accepting induction before 42 weeks?
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