I have my 41 week appointment today (40+6 with baby no. 1) and I'm wondering if I should have a stretch & sweep if they offer, any advice from personal experience?
I have been having 20-30 braxton hicks every day for the past week, often in waves of 5-10 in an hour, which now cause my whole pelvic floor to tighten. Have also had a few very mild period type cramps on and off for the past week but no show or sign of plug. Have had softer bowel movements but not diarrhoea. At my appointment last week I had an internal exam but I opted not to do a stretch & sweep as I was only 39+6 and felt it unnecessary. At that stage cervix was soft and 2cm in length but posterior and no dilation, baby was at -2 station. So I'm thinking that if things have progressed further this week then an S&S might be my opportunity to get things moving and potentially avoid an induction. I know it might not be successful but doesn't seem like there is any major risk in having it besides being quite painful and uncomfortable (which I know it will be based on my internal exam)
Also did your partner go with you to this appointment? It's at the maternity ward, not outpatient so thought it might be nice to have him there for support in case they do a scan and want to discuss induction but maybe unnecessary if it's like any of my other appointments?