I was supposed to have one yesterday at 39+1 but the midwife couldn't do it because the cervix was not ready for it and the baby's head was not engaged. If the cervix isn't favourable then it's pointless. Once you get to your due date though it might speed things along. Many people say it's no worse than a smear test.
I had a stretch and sweep done yesterday and it didnt hurt at all and i am a wimp lol. I had loads of cramp and aches last night but seems to have died down this morning. Have my 2nd sweep booked for Tuesday so hoping something will happen.
I had my first yesterday at 9pm and to say it is uncomfortable is an understatement. It didn't quite become painful, it teetered on the edge of bearable. She counted to 10 and had a good push about [or whatever she was doing, was concentrating on getting to 10] and then nothing really happened afterwards. Went to bed at 11 and had pink mucus like discharge which is apparently normal. This morning it's 'old blood' but more of a show now. However it has a 1 in 7 chance of working and they only do it if you are ready. Thankfully it was also reassuring to know my cervix is as thin as a pancake and starting to dilate so... hopefully not long whatever happens.
I'd rather have a sweep than other forms of intervention and it wasn't so bad I wouldn't do it again.
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