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    Default Stretch and sweep

    So I am 40+2 with my 3rd baby and I have an appointment with my midwife tomorrow. At my appointment last week she mentioned that at my appointment tomorrow if I haven't had Bub she could do a s&s if I wanted but it was up to me.

    I've never had one pre labour (the midwife did a bit of a stretch when I arrived at hospital in labour with DS1 but I was already in established labour and waters had ruptured 12 hours prior).

    DS1 was born 40+4 but was a long labour that basically started at 40+2, DS2 was born 40+1 with a much shorter labour.

    I'm not overly worried, just a little over being pregnant, I do know that he will arrive in due course. I'm also drinking loads of RLT, using some clarry sage oil to massage on my belly and using EPO. I'm not stressing over doing these things, just more I figure I may aswell do something.

    So my question is, would you get a s&s or not? She mentioned the slight risk of membranes rupturing but hadn't mentioned any other risks so I'm more just curious to any reasons why you wouldn't.

    Also been getting lots and lots of prelabour for a week now so I am quite hopeful that when things properly kick off it won't be to long and drawn out.

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    Both pregnancies I have had a s&s done at/just after due date.
    First baby I had her 2 days later, after pre labour for 12 hours. I had a slight hind water leak the next day that cleared up/resealed by the time I was in labour. The first 24 hours after the sweep I had nothing except a little bloody discharge.

    Second time I had Bub 14 hours after the sweep.

    This time, I'll be asking for a sweep at my 40 week appointment again. It doesn't hurt me/I don't find it uncomfortable, and it's the only real intervention I have ever had.

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    I had a S&S with both pregnancies. Neither encouraged labour - although plenty of contractions.

    I eventually gave birth both times about 10 days later.

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    Yes I would.

    I had one with my first and I'm convinced it kick started labour. I didn't feel a thing either.

    I had planned to have another one at 40wks with my second but she came earlier on her own 😊

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    I would. Your body sounds like it is getting ready anyway. You sound so chilled out for 40 weeks!

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    Nope i personally wouldn't.
    I had one with ds and it hurt so much and was bleeding for a few days after and ds was born a week later at 41+2. I don't think it did anything to induce labor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod-Zeddie View Post
    Nope i personally wouldn't.
    I had one with ds and it hurt so much and was bleeding for a few days after and ds was born a week later at 41+2. I don't think it did anything to induce labor
    See I've only had a few internals - only had 1 with DS2 but had a couple with DS1 and I didn't really feel them, however I'm not sure if it'd be different if I wasn't in labour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyBlackett View Post
    I had a S&S with both pregnancies. Neither encouraged labour - although plenty of contractions.

    I eventually gave birth both times about 10 days later.
    See that's my concern, I'm already having lots of contractions. But really, both my previous labours started really from when my membranes broke.

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    The first time I was slightly dilated but nothing else was conducive to labour - and I was eventually induced. The second time I was ripe and ready yet it still didn't make a difference.

    Most people have much more instant results! My babies arrive quickly when they're ready. They just don't take any hints until then.

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    Maybe the 'small' chance of membrane rupture can be a blessing lol.

    I'd say just see how you feel on the day.

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