My appt was good. GBS was negative. Baby's HB was 138 or something. Everything looks good. She said it felt like baby's head had dropped a bit. I can't really tell. I joked that my waddle is only from my swollen lady-bits and she said that's because the head descending is causing that. Who knew? I sure didn't.
So the midwife wants to start weekly membrane strips next appt (at 38w2d). I'm not sure how I feel about this. I know baby won't come if he/she isn't ready, but I worry about the risk of premature membrane rupture.
Because I'm a vbac we are on a bit of a time constraint. The midwife said something about not letting me go over 41w3d as per some guidelines, but I forgot to ask what exactly all that was about. Now I wish I'd asked. Ugh, part of me wants to say no, but I worry about getting to 41w3d and wish I had started sweeps earlier. Oh man, I don't know.
38.5 weeks should really be fine. I think my doc did it at two days shy of 39 weeks with Lucas and I went into labor 24 hours later. I also went to the chiro that day and drank like a gallon of pineapple juice so I have no idea what officially triggered it! But really, you should be ok at that point.
Sweeps didn't change me whatsoever. My personal feeling on it is that if your body is on the brink, it might be the push you need to get going but otherwise it's not going to do much. But that's JMHO Obviously you'll have to make up your own mind on the matter, but if I were going for a VBAC and under the time constraints, etc that come with that, I'd go for it after 38 weeks.
Anyway, glad to hear baby is looking good! Can't wait to find out what you've been baking in there soon!!
Sweeps never did anything for me either. I agree with Ashley - they might put you over the edge if your body was already getting ready.
I'd probably go for it, but you might want to do some more research. I guess there is a chance that if the membranes are accidentally ruptured, then you'd REALLY be on the clock and might face an induction, which wouldn't be good for your VBAC plans.
This can encourage your body to release hormones called prostaglandins that work to soften and thin the cervix, which might encourage labour to start naturally in the next 48 hours.
From this link: Membrane sweep and induction | Labour and birth | Mumsnet
Sweeps only work if your body would have naturally gone into labor within the next 1-5 days anyway. So, they might give you a little jump start, but they won't change things drastically. As far as I know, the risk of membrane rupture is pretty low. Yes, it's there, but I've never heard of any personal stories where someone said it happened to them. Honestly, if you have until 41 weeks, I see no reason why they would start sweeping at 38 weeks if you are not comfortable with it. You can easily wait until 40 weeks if you are unsure about it!