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Old May 30th, 2016, 10:35 AM   11
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I had 2 sweeps with dd and neither worked to trigger labour. I had some contractions afterwards and lost some plug but she was still induced.

They didn't hurt me, a little uncomfortable but worth trying just in case it Does work! x



 
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Old May 30th, 2016, 10:51 AM   12
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I had 4 with my daughter. They induced at 38 weeks due to several reasons. First sweep was a few days before being induced, second was day 2 of having the pessery, then another before they put the second pessery in and another when the second pessery came out. My waters broke 5 days after the first pessery but labour didn't start naturally I had to have the drip then ended with a c section. They hurt a little but know where near as contractions with the drip. Good luck if you have the sweep.



 
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Old May 30th, 2016, 11:01 AM   13
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Sweeps weren't a ' thing ' when I had my dd sixteen years ago and there's no way I'll be having one this time.

I don't really understand why they've become such a normal part of late pregnancy, it's just another normalised intervention. One of my big reasons for refusing is that if I'm gbs+ a sweep could push that bacteria further up into my uterus, which is something I wouldn't want.

They only 'work' if your cervix is favourable, meaning labour may have been likely to start of its own accord anyway. For many, they just cause contractions that go nowhere.....

I'll go find some articles on this very subject.



 
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Old May 30th, 2016, 11:01 AM   14
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I had one at 38 weeks, which did nothing, and then another at 39+3. Labour started at 39+6, but I'm not sure whether that was related to the sweeps or not!



 
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Old May 30th, 2016, 11:04 AM   15
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I personally think that they only work (or start to do anything) if your body is already ready/getting ready for labour anyway. If your body isn't ready, then I don't think any amount of sweeps will make anything happen other than loosing some show (which happens after most sweeps anyway), and maybe some tightenings where it's 'irritated' the cervix. It's a shame because some women who haven't had tightenings before that, may think that means things are starting and then it all fizzles out.
Sometimes a sweep can't even be attempted/performed if the cervix isn't ready, and if it's not 'favourable' then it's unlikely to do anything.

I had one on at 37+1 when I was seen for reduced movements, but I was already having quite regular painful tightenings (not contractions) at that point anyway (and was already 1.5cm dilated and favourable). It ramped everything up a bit for the evening, and then it all fizzled out and stopped!

Tightenings started again the next day and I went into hospital again over 24 hours after the sweep due to bleeding; was still only 3cm and had another sweep. Baby was born the following morning at 37+3.

I think it would have happened that day with or without the sweeps, as my body had already been gearing up to it for a week or two beforehand.



 
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Old May 30th, 2016, 11:09 AM   16
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http://www.sarawickham.com/articles-...tch-and-sweep/



 
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Old May 30th, 2016, 11:12 AM   17
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http://www.nurturingheartsbirthservi...m/blog/?p=2262

It's probably worth mentioning that I'll also be requesting no internal exams during labour unless I fully agree, they won't be done as a matter of course.



 
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Old May 30th, 2016, 15:35 PM   18
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Thanks all!



 
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Old May 30th, 2016, 16:05 PM   19
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It always makes me laugh when people feel the need to crusade against medical advice. If you trust a doctor enough to be under their care for a birth then why would you make your own rules? I understand the over use of intervention for some but really? Do you understand the concept behind vaginal exams? The actually medical reasons for having it done during labour? If you feel that your more knowledgeable then a trained and certified physician then why use one? Maybe a different route of care provider is better suited to your type of care.



 
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Old May 31st, 2016, 13:35 PM   20
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It always makes me laugh when people feel the need to crusade against medical advice. If you trust a doctor enough to be under their care for a birth then why would you make your own rules? I understand the over use of intervention for some but really? Do you understand the concept behind vaginal exams? The actually medical reasons for having it done during labour? If you feel that your more knowledgeable then a trained and certified physician then why use one? Maybe a different route of care provider is better suited to your type of care.
As I've made you 'laugh' I'll presume that the tone of your post is more in that of a healthy debate than the rather condescending way in which it first appears?

Perhaps you haven't realised but I'm from the UK, here we aren't under the care of a doctor/physician/obstetrician but a midwife, that's because pregnancy is NOT an illness or a medical condition, it's a normal physiological process that goes right when left to its own devices the majority of the time.

I am not making up my own rules, there are no rules, certainly not where I come from anyway. There are recommendations, advice, best practice and the ever annoying 'policy', but no rules. Every pregnant woman should be given all of the facts and proper scientific advice and allowed to do her own research rather than cajoled into unnecessary procedures.

Vaginal exams on a regular basis are largely unnecessary and here are starting to be reduced. They serve no purpose other than in rare situations, to ascertain a difficult presentation of baby. They don't tell you how far progressed you are, they tell you how dilated you are at any one point and even that fact is open to the interpretation of the examiner. Just because you are 3cm after 5 hours it's no indicator on how long the remainder of labour will be. They also carry a risk of PROM and infection as mentioned before.

If your username alludes to your profession maybe I shouldn't be surprised, but surely then you of all people will realise how quickly medical advise can change and what's normal now might be obsolete in 10 years time. I don't think anyone should be ridiculed for taking time to research and draw their own conclusions , I'm not a sheep and I don't follow others blindly.

The US still uses induction drugs known to cause placental abruption, not that you'd know that unless you took the time to read alternative sources and look at factual evidence on a whole country basis. So should someone who's ob tells them they are going to use it just accept that decision? Birth is probably the biggest and most intimate moment of your life, why would you not want to be actively involved rather than led?



 
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