My water broke at 41 weeks with #2- no contractions. It didn't cause labor to start and it wasn't a little break- more like gushing I ended up with a second c/s 36 hours after it broke b/c I never went in to labor.
There needs to be an "other," mine broke three times--yes, just with one baby. Anyhow, a high leak at 37 weeks which resealed, a medium sized sploosh right before real labor contractions started and leaking all day (at 40 weeks), and a giant sploosh right before transition.
Ugh, I am not sure I would recommend getting on an actual pump! I went from sitting around chatting happily with dh and my kids and my mil, to laying on the floor having really intense ctx in about 10 minutes. I used a PIS. If it happens again I'll just do manual nipple stim. Although maybe it wouldn't have made a difference? But then again, a PIS is STRONG. So who knows? But next time I'd try *gentle* manual nipple stim first!
I voted transition, because technically I was 9cm dilated, but I had AROM for a labor stall, so technically I was in transition due to my dilation, but I wasn't really in transition, I was only having putsy contractions every 5-10 minutes or so.
I didn't vote b/c I had two very different experiences. I sprung a leak with my 1st the day before she was born, before labor set in. She was born almost 28 hours later. I never felt the rest of the water go, so it must have happened in the tub.
With my second, it was when she was just about crowning.
My first I had appendicitis and my water broke three days post surgery and I went into labor on my own a few hours after it broke. For my other three deliveries my water broke on its own (after a few hours of labor) and I immediately delivered.
Both births, water broke right at the end of transition and signalled the beginning of pushing (or as much pushing as was necessary). First birth, water broke and character of contractions changed drastically - huge urge to push. Second birth, baby sort of convulsively dropped, water broke, baby was born with next contraction (fetal ejection reflex kicked in)
When its broken on its own it signaled the start of labor for me. I have hollywood style labors . You know a womans water breaks and shes immediatly in hard labor...yeah thats me. I have had 1 born in the caul and twice I had AROM but the one time it resealed and I almost had another born in the caul but the dr broke it as the head was crowning would've been cool to have 2 born in the caul!
Where's other? You know you have to put "other," right?
I put "transition." That's not the case, though. My water broke about an hour after transition. However, the baby wasn't born for another 6-7 hours after my water broke. So, "Right before baby was born" didn't seem accurate either.