Originally Posted by preciousstone
my mom and grandmom have had these kind of deliveries, where their water never broke until moments before baby came out. that's all i know, so i'm wondering if there is any kind of patter for this kind of labor. if you had a delivery like this, what was your labor like? long, short, back labor? were all your babies like that?
DD1- About 20 hours of back labour. She was sunny side up so that would explain the back labour. I finally went in for pain meds (we were planning a uc) and she was born within the hour of getting there. Due to the type of pain killer I had they "needed"
to break my water but I held them off until I was ready to push. As soon as that was done she was born within 10 min. (though pushing was less....I had a drug overdose so was needing to be woken up between pushes which added some time to it all). Her labour was...startling to me I'd say. I was so set on having a water birth that I hadn't really paid attention to other coping techniques and I think that screwed me over. Water did not help my labour and was actually very irritating. I spent a good portion of my labour angry at all those "they" people who said it would work. This didn't help.
DD2- 10 hours from start to finish though I think it could have been shorter if I weren't stubborn.
I was waiting for that urge to push that everyone talks about. I don't get it but was willing to wait and see. This was a UC birth so I'm not sure how long I waited for once I hit complete. Her birth was a breeze but I honestly think any would have been in comparison to DD1's.
I had no back labour with her and while contractions started out pretty close from the beginning it was managable. I used my bath tub and spent probably 90% of the labour (and all the birth) in it. Once I decided I was done and started pushing my water broke (from the force of pushing). I pushed hard once, water broke, had a minute or so of a lull, and then BAM! A contraction hit hard and fast. Once that was over I got my bearing and was able to focus on pushing. I pushed for maybe 45 seconds until her head was out and then didn't need to do anymore. Her body spun out on it's own within 30 seconds of her head being out.
Since I am a UCer I don't measure dialtion. I did once or twice with DD2 early on and holy hell that hurt! I stopped after that.
I don't have any BH or prodormal labour or anything like that before hand. I'm either in labour or I'm not. Both of them were "overdue" with DD1 being about 8 days late and DD2 being 2 days late. I much prefer having intact water. That contraction after it broke with DD2 was ROUGH. That doesn't even begin to explain it. There I was, floating on my back, in the bathtub, at 40+ weeks pregnant and I flew to a standing position and spun in a circle to find something to grab hold of while telling DH, "I'm not sure what I want anymore!". It was a bit intense. If that's anything like labour without intact waters I want nothing to do with it.
This one is due in Dec. and I'm assuming it'll be the same and my water won't break until pushing or she'll be born in the caul.