I guess I'm still processing the birth of my 3 year old daughter. I found this thread which I think is what happened to me. My water broke before anything else seemed to have happened and I immediately started having pretty strong contractions about 3-4 minutes apart for a couple of hours. Then they slowed down and decreased intensity for a a pretty long time (around 6 hours), and then they heated up again and stayed intense until birth. My baby was born 26 hours after my water broke. So would this be described as "water broke at start of labor"? Or was it that water broke, I had some contractions to adjust the baby, and then "real" labor started 6 hours later?
I'm trying to figure out if it's really a problem that my water broke first thing, and whether or not I need to worry about changing anything to make it less likely to happen this time around. My umbilical cord was uniquely positioned on the placenta (marginal insertion right next to the edge but not on the edge), and I read somewhere that this could be a factor in water breaking early (though I don't understand why.)
I know the recurrence of PROM is more likely because I had it once, but if my placenta is more typical this time, is it still more likely? Last time I had spent months with no more than 2-4 hours of sleep a day and went into labor after 2 days of very little sleep--could that have been a factor?
Thanks for any thoughts on this.