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The Sweep during Pregnancy
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The Sweep during Pregnancy
August 10, 2015 at 9:05 am 0
What an expression?! "The Sweep". It's not exactly something that most women want to discuss in reference to their cervix and membranes surrounding their babies is it? But there may come a time during the latter stages of your pregnancy, where your midwife or obstetrician may suggest that you have the sweep, to help encourage the onset of labour. This happened to me, when during a scan, they spotted extra fluid round our baby, or Polydramnios. What is "the sweep"? The sweep or "membrane sweep" is carried out by an obstetrician and is usually the first step taken to induce labour. It is seen as the most natural method of induction and involves the obstetrician inserting their finger into the vagina, during an internal examination, in order to feel the opening of the cervix. He or she will then gently but firmly sweep the opening of the cervix with their finger, to try and separate the membranes of the amniotic sac from the opening of the cervix. This is done to release a hormone called prostaglandin and hopefully encourage the onset of labour. Why the sweep? Having a sweep may be recommended for many reasons, but essentially it increases the chances of labour starting within 48 hours. Your obstetrician may not wish for you to go overdue with your pregnancy or there may be circumstances in which an induction is deemed necessary and a sweep is the first step taken. A sweep has a higher chance of working if your cervix is already ripened, which is usually around your due date. This is because your body is already naturally getting ready for labour, so the sweep just acts as a trigger. Therefore not all sweeps are successful and you may be asked to go in again for another one, or your obstetrician may discuss other methods of induction if deemed necessary. How does it feel? If you've had an internal examination or a smear test, then you'll be familiar with that sort of discomfort which is felt during. It shouldn't be painful, but it is uncomfortable. You will likely be asked to lie back on the bed, put your feet together and let your knees drop open and outwards, so that your legs are far apart. You may be asked to make a ball with your fists and prop them under your bottom (which helps with the angle). The obstetrician will then insert their fingers and the whole process shouldn't last more than 30 seconds or so. It is important to try and relax and to concentrate on your breathing during a sweep, as this will help (think of it as practice for labour). What else? There is no increased risk of infection due to having the sweep (which is why you won't have it done after your waters have broken). You may find that you feel a bit hormonal or emotional after the sweep. This is due to not only the procedure itself, but the release of hormones and of course the psychological impact. So don't be surprised if you feel a little teary that day. It is likely that your obstetrician will discuss the sweep with you if you go over your due date. If you are offered a sweep, you can always decline. Here's a useful NHS resource on methods of induction. What were your experiences of the sweep?    
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Extra Fluid in Pregnancy – Polyhydramnios
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Extra Fluid in Pregnancy – Polyhydramnios
August 8, 2015 at 9:13 am 0
In the third trimester of my pregnancy, our midwife had a suspicion that baby was breech, which led to us keeping an eye on bubba more closely and scheduling a scan at around 37 weeks to see if it had managed to get itself into the right position (ie head down). During this scan, we found out that baby had turned and was definitely heading in the right direction, but they also picked up a slight increase in fluid levels around the baby. The scan was effectively a growth scan, to check the size of the baby, as well as the position and during these scans, they measure the fluid levels. (more…)
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A wee Cabbage
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A wee Cabbage
July 28, 2015 at 9:46 am 2
During weeks 29 to 35 of pregnancy, your little baby is roughly the size of a cabbage (give or take). And you'll likely notice another growth spurt as your baby puts on layers of fat and gets a tad chunkier. Lots went on for me during weeks 29 to 35 of my pregnancy, including having low iron levels, being told the baby was breech, going on maternity leave and extra fluid being found around the baby. All is well, but here's what happened... (more…)
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Antenatal Appointments – Third Trimester
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Antenatal Appointments – Third Trimester
July 28, 2015 at 8:57 am 0
Once you reach the third trimester, you'll have more frequent antenatal appointments (particularly if it's your first pregnancy), to monitor your bump's growth and listen in to your baby's heartbeat. These appointments may be with your midwife (like mine) or your obstetrician, depending on the care you've been receiving and whether your pregnancy is deemed "low risk" or not. After your 28 week antenatal appointment, you'll be likely to have an appointment at 31, 34, 36, 38, 40 and 41 weeks' pregnant (if you get that far). These appointments usually only last about 20 minutes and this is usually what happens: (more…)
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The size of a Papaya
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The size of a Papaya
May 13, 2015 at 6:59 pm 0
Weeks 24 to 28 of pregnancy has been a mixed bag really. It's generally been fine but but I'm definitely starting to feel pregnant! I'm super excited now and can't wait to meet our little one and have about 3 months to go. My bump is growing, though I do seem to be smaller than some other mums-to-be and I've still only put on a few pounds, but I guess everyone is different. I just hope the little one is growing ok! I'll be sure to ask the midwife as I'll be measured this week for the first time so hopefully they'll give me some guidance. (more…)
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