41 weeks, 4 days
Well, the stretch and sweep turned into just a sweep. I was not dilated enough to allow for the 'stretch' part!
She did mention she could feel quite a lot of scarring on my cervix, and that she'll have to pop that open during labour. Yeehaw! Cervical cryosurgery was worst thing ever. Bah. But I knew this a while ago, it was just re-confirmed again.
So, uh....the sweep really hurt. :( DH was on the ball and reminding me to breathe and things, but I was having a load of trouble. I asked, "Is this what labour will feel like?", and she answered a "sort of" kinda answer. Well. At least I've had a preview? I totally wasn't prepped with being ultra-relaxed or anything, we were just chatting beforehand. So hopefully with the Hypobirthing prep this will also make things easier to cope with.
I pictured labour to be more muscle pain, but this was stinging cervical pain. Hrm.
The good news is that DH had the presence of mind to try some acupressure while this was all going down, and I think it really helped. There was one point when DH and I had a miscommunication - I meant "press harder" and he thought I meant "stop". So he stopped, and in the time he was not pressing on the point it was much more painful. Then he went back on and it was much more manageable. Down to a dull roar, totally do-able.
When he was pressing the acupuncture point, mw sometimes would say things like, "this is going to hurt", and it didn't really hurt more. So, good. It was funny, last we discussed it and it turns out he was doing a point on my shoulder AND one on my hand, but I totally thought he was just holding my hand! Hahhaa. Odd! I guess I wasn't thinking about my hand at all.
DH and I have since come up with hand signals. I'm totally not great at vocalizing if I'm too relaxed, or under too much stress, so I think the hand gestures will be good. (Yes/No/More/Less/Stop, nothing fancy).
Anyhoo, this did not put me directly into labour as might have been the case. We actually went out to a dinner party last night! Which was nice.
Oh, and the real news was that the ultrasound shows Appleseed is doing quite well in there. She scored 8/8 (perfect!). So no worries she's in distress (yet).
Plan: Today I'll do the Castor Oil shake, then Monday I am transferred to secondary midwife, and we'll consult. Likely blue/black cohosh. Also Monday will be another bpp u/s.