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    Default Stretch and Sweep - when?

    When did you get offered a stretch and sweep, if at all? Are they painful?

    I'm 37 weeks tomorrow and as I have gestational diabetes I know my ob will want to induce me between 38 and 39 weeks. I wasn't offered a stretch and sweep last time (different ob), but my SIL had them before both of her inductions with my current ob.

    Does your cervix need to be ready before a stretch and sweep is offered?

    I have an appt this Wednesday at 37+2 weeks and I'm wondering if I should expect a stretch and sweep then or not.

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    Hi, I had GD with my first, but I was left to go until 40 weeks (no longer) and then induced at 40+1. My OB did a stretch and sweep on my last appointment at 39+a bit weeks, but this may have been because I was already 4cms dilated. He was convinced I'd go into labour that weekend. I didn't - and had to be induced on the Monday. It was almost as bad as labour and I remember asking the midwife if it was supposed to hurt that much - it was

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    Last time with dd2 I had a s&s at 37wks as I was already 1-2cm, it made me loose my plug which was great I still had to be induced at 39wks due to medical reasons to stop blood thinners but it made the induction easier thn the first. Have you started swallowing and inserting EPO??? That got me to the 1-2cm in the first place! Its known to soften the cervix as it contains prostaglandins.

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    Sorry for hijacking the thread!

    Shinerbrite - when did you start taking EPO orally and how many did you take? ALso when you were inserting it did you still take it orally?

    Thanks!

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    I had GD with my DD. I was I induced spot on 39 weeks. I did not have a stretch and sweep prior to my induction. Each OB has their own way of doing things I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michelle_N View Post
    Sorry for hijacking the thread!

    Shinerbrite - when did you start taking EPO orally and how many did you take? ALso when you were inserting it did you still take it orally?

    Thanks!
    I've been taking 3 orally from 32wks and inserting 1-2 from 36wks put a pad on after at night. Clary sage and lavender oil rubbed from 37wks.

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    I had a s&s at 38 with my DD (2nd bub) after an internal showed I was 2cm and 50% effaced. It aggravated my uterus and I was confident I would be in imminent labour.... No such luck! I had another one the following week (was still only 2cm and 50% to my surprise - I thought that I'd be more dilated at least after a week of increasing prelabour contractions) but the second s&s seemed to do the trick and I went into labour that night :-)

    I found the procedure fairly uncomfortable but not painful.

    Hope that helps and good luck!

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    I had GD with my DD. I was induced spot on 39 weeks. I did not have a stretch and sweep prior to my induction. Each OB has their own way of doing things I guess.

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    I had one at 38 weeks but it didn't work for me I found it painful but a lot of women report just feeling uncomfortable. Good luck!

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    I never needed one but was told I couldn't have one until 40 weeks


 

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