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Monday, April 12th 2010, 9:57pm

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I am 40+2 today and baba showing no signs of appearing.
My midwife wants to do a membrane sweep on thursday if I don't go by then.
Should I get it done or wait?
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Tuesday, April 13th 2010, 8:49am

Didn't have one myself as my cervix was too high at 40 +5. However mw poking about down there did seem to start things off as my waters broke a few hours afterwards. I guess it depends on whether or not you will be booked in for an induction. If so, then personally i would try a sweep first. X


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Tuesday, April 13th 2010, 11:40am

Hi Jen

thanks for your reply. If the sweep is unsuccessful then I will be induced after another 5 days. That's provided I don't go by myself.
I will just need to wait and see what happens I guess.
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Tuesday, April 13th 2010, 2:12pm

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Hope the sweep does the job honey.

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Tuesday, April 13th 2010, 5:23pm

Thanks flic, I hope I go myself before that, but if not hope the sweep works too.
I may have my baby next weekend hooray x
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I know I can't wait x
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Tuesday, April 13th 2010, 7:51pm

I was overdue too and got induced, My cervix was also too high on 40+1 and 41+ weeks and couldnt be reached, I did however get one after I got into hospital to be induced and I was having contractions 10 mins apart all that night after it was done so my advice would be to go for it. If it saves an induction have 10 :snigger:

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Tuesday, April 13th 2010, 8:25pm

I had one and it seemed to do the trick. I think Bells says (so it must therefore be true) that if you are ready to pop it will set you on your way and if you're not then it won't make any difference. Nothing to loose then really. I think the problem is if you have them done before you get to 40 weeks, but I can't remember why.

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Tuesday, April 13th 2010, 8:54pm

Hi all

thanks for your replies. I agree you with you all that hopefully it will prevent me from needing an induction.
Just wish I could go on my own, but guess it's not meant to be.
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Tuesday, April 13th 2010, 9:12pm

When are they planning on inducing you? Policy here was T+12 but I know everywhere else is different.
I honestly thought I wouldnt go on my own, TJ's head was still floating(not at all engaged) day before I went in to be induced and my cervix was so hard and high couldnt even touch it. Also TJ was back to back(probably why he didnt engage) BUT 2 days before my induction I had mild contractions and got a show and continued to have stop/start contractions til he was born.

My advice to you becasue I honestly wish I had done this is to hold off as long as possible. I wish they had let me be and I had a natural labour cuz I look back at it and I dont want to scare you but it was really really bad. The natural contractions were fine, but that drip is evil evil evil.
If Im ever lucky enough to have another I will point blank refuse to be induced

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Wednesday, April 14th 2010, 9:52am

Hi pammy

thanks for your reply Hun. Well the midwife says to have the membrane sweep tomorrow and if I don't go after that then they will take me in next Tuesday or Thursday 10-12 days overdue.

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Wednesday, April 14th 2010, 10:09am

Hi Kat

40+5 having a sweep sounds ok to me (assuming your dates are right and you weren't 'put forward' at your early scans). If your cervix is there, where it ought to be and if your midwife thinks it's favourable then a little furtle might just kick start things off.

I'd rather have a sweep at 40+5 in the hope of kick starting something than go in and be induced a few days later. Just hang on to the fact that a sweep may give you several days of 'niggles' and discomfort before anything concrete happens. Remember that labour is termed as having started when you're about 3cms dilated and anything before that is just niggling. Also a cervix that isn't ready tomorrow may be ready a couple of days afterwards. You've still got time to start yourself so do ask your midwife to have a look and you can decide together whether to go for the sweep.

(I went to 41 weeks and 40+6. If I hadn't had any signs by 41 weeks I'd have asked for a sweep just to avoid the possibility of induction/going to hospital.)





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Wednesday, April 14th 2010, 10:04pm

hi bells,


thanks for your reply. My first date at the very first scan was the 20th april, which is next tuesday so still a wee bit to go. At the second scan it got changed to the 10th, so i guess the dates could be wrong. that would make me about 39 weeks i think.

will discuss it with the midwife tomorrow before the sweep and see what she thinks, but i think i will just get it done anyway to get things moving along.
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Wednesday, April 14th 2010, 10:32pm

Yes have the sweep, As I said after mine in hospital I was having contractions, not very strong or regular but at least "something" was happening. I had the prostin pessary in for 24 hours and it got me to 3cm but I believe I would have got there myself given some time.

Good luck hun, You do what you feel is best for you and your baby its just I wished now I had waited a few more days but being scared and wanting the discomfort finally over with I just went with what they said if I ever get the chance again they arent getting near me with and IV :snigger:

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Wednesday, April 14th 2010, 10:45pm

hi pammy,

thanks for your reply.

i think i will go for it, as wee baba is not showing any signs of budging at all. Will let you know how i get on.
As you say i would rather "something" was happening. xxx
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Wednesday, April 14th 2010, 10:49pm

Good luck hun,

Word of warning you may have a bit(or a lot in my case) of red blood, dont panic this is normal.

Will be thinking of you and hope it does the trick

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Ok thanks hunx x
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Thursday, April 15th 2010, 12:19pm

Morning! Cannot believe that you're at the end of your pregnancy!

I know nothing about inducing or sweeps but just wanted to pop in about the dates - as you had ICSI you will be able to work out EXACTLY what date you are as you know EXACTLY when fertilisation occurred so know EXACTLY when you are 40 weeks! Doesn't matter what subsequent scans say as they're based on size of baby rather than conception date!

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Thursday, April 15th 2010, 1:37pm

hi pootle,

thanks for your reply. I agree about the dates, they should know exactly when the baby is due cause of the icsi.
It should be the 16th april, which is tomorrow
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Thursday, April 15th 2010, 3:54pm

Did you get the sweep hun?
Im hoping you did and your in bed after a bath and paracetamol(advice I got from hospital) cuz something is happening.

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Thursday, April 15th 2010, 4:10pm

Hi

I was 40+7 when they attempted a sweep, my little peach was showing no signs of arriving. My cervix was too high up and closed so I went in to be induced at term +10 and they managed to do a sweep after 2 lots of prostin. The sweep helped me and I had mild contractions overnight that got me to 3-4 cm.

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Thursday, April 15th 2010, 4:13pm

they should know exactly when the baby is due cause of the icsi.
It should be the 16th april, which is tomorrow



Then that's the date your hospital should be using, not the scan!! Gestation is 37 to 42 weeks... from conception... and no matter how many dating scans you have there is no changing the rate at which the cells grow or the 'actual' age of your baby. My daughter is ten but wears age 14 clothes. It doesn't make her 14 : D

If you're 40 weeks tomorrow it could be another couple of weeks until your baby is ready to make an appearance. While it's lovely and exciting to be put forward in the early weeks, if it leads to an induction and all that can come with it then it's definitely worth taking a stand and getting the dates changed. It's much better, safer and quicker to get a baby out that's ready to come, than it is to force a baby out that isn't.





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Thursday, April 15th 2010, 10:11pm

hi

Well i never got the sweep as my cervix is closed and still too high.


Bells- I appreciate what you are saying about the dates, but the midwifes/hospital know we had ivf so how can we argue with them about the dates?
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Friday, April 16th 2010, 1:21pm

Kat I was same dating scan made me 4 days further on than I was and I tried to argue that I knew my exact date due to having ICSI. No-one would listen to me either but you are within your right to refuse induction but I also know you worry about the safety of your baby and kinda just want it over with.

Its completely up to you, If you want to go ahead with induction then thats fine but you WILL need pain relief. I was dead against epidural, 2nd contraction after the drip was on and I was begging for one. The couldnt get me one as it was too busy and I had morphine and gas and air, None of it helped except to make me so out my face I remember very little about TJ being born. It also made him very sleepy too.
If you want to wait and hold on as I wish I had done now you have every right as I said I had a very unfavourable cervix day before I went in for induction but that night had a show and contractions so its not impossible at ths stage you wont have spontaneous labour esp with your date being 10 days ahead.

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Friday, April 16th 2010, 5:24pm

hi pam,

thanks for your reply hun.

I really dont know what to do, i was a bit upset about it all last night after reading bells post, dh and i had a talk about it and we have decided to go for the induction anyway.
My date should be the 16th which is today, so by the time thursday comes i will be 6 days over. The main concern i have is for the baby as long as its ok.
But as you say i may go by myself before then. I pray that i do.
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Friday, April 16th 2010, 6:50pm

Hi Kat

I don't know anything about sweeps,so ignore me if you want! However I was induced as my waters had broke and I hadn't gone into labour. (I don't know if being induced when your waters have broken is different to if they haven't????)anyhow I just wanted to say I had a really positive birth experience that I wouldn't change.I had a 3.5hr labour with gas and air.Obv it was painful,but then labour is!

I really hope you go naturally and wish you all the best,I'm sure you will make the right decision.

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Friday, April 16th 2010, 7:15pm

Hi Kat, sorry you were upset by my post, that wasn't my intention when I wrote it. I just want you to have the best birth experience possible.

As you say, your hospital know your dates and you've now decided to go for induction so this advice is just for anyone else who may come across this thread. If you know your dates because you've had treatment then those are the dates regardless of dating scans. There isn't really any need for anyone to convince their healthcare provider or their hospital of this - your body belongs to you, your baby belongs to you and you have absolutely no obligation 'whatsoever' to conform or agree to any kind of proceedure at any point ever.

Phrases like 'they told me I have to' or 'they'll let me' or 'they said I can't' are wholly inappropriate in the case of healthy women having healthy babies.

The statistics show that women who are induced are more likely to need intervention. If it can be avoided by standing your ground regarding dates, giving you a few days extra to see if your baby will come naturally they it's definitely worth telling the hospital that the dates on your file is innaccurate and that you will be working from your own dates, the correct ones.

Kat, there's still bags of time for you and, as you say, you'll be nice and overdue by then. Here's hoping you start off yourself and things go nice and smoothly. The main thing is that this time next week you'll (hopefully!!) have your baby in your arms and will be wondering why you worried so much. x





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Friday, April 16th 2010, 7:48pm

Hi

Sorry,didn't mean to imply that you should choose be induced,I def think you should follow YOUR dates,just that if you have to be it can be a positive experience.

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Saturday, April 17th 2010, 12:12am

hi ladies,


thanks for your replies.


Bells-- I was a bit upset although i think its just with everything thats going on. As you say i know my dates but i am putting my faith in the medical profession and thinking they know best. I never knew i could refuse to be induced. I will just go with the flow and hopefully go before thursday.
I know if i do need to be induced then i will need intervention, but i have kind of reseigned myself to that fact xx
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Saturday, April 17th 2010, 9:37am

If you read back my posts srom 5 months ago I said the exact same thing. I was adament if it went to induction then I would end up with a c/s but I was wrong and I had a vaginal delivery after all my worry so you may be fine hun.
Remember people get induced way early at 37/38 weeks with unfavourable cervix and still go on to have a vaginal delivery.

Im glad you have decided what you want to do and I wish you all the very best when it comes to it. I do understand your concerns esp about the baby as I was the same.

Cannot wait to read your birth announcement. Not long now hun :D

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Saturday, April 17th 2010, 1:36pm

Hi pammy

thanks for your reply hun, hopefully I do have a vaginal delivery.
At least I know one way or another I will have my baby in my arms this time next week.
I can't wAit.
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Hiya!

I was induced and had a vaginal delivery as baby was fine with the whole induction process. I didn't technically push her out, had a failed ventouse and then a forceps delivery and you've heard all about my cut and floof!!

If you do go for the induction and they discuss putting you on the drip I wholly reccommend having an epidural. I was dead against it but I was soooo thankful in the end as I was in soooo much pain and then when I had the episiotomy the epidural was great. Felt far more 'with it'. You may just need the prostin (I did) The pessary got me to 10cm before they even put the drip on to make my contractions stronger.

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