How far into labour did your water break? - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
Reply
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 11:27 AM - Thread Starter
 
callahansmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Northwest Territories, Canada
Posts: 123
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Hello ladies,

 

I am 29 weeks into pregnancy with my second child and hoping for a Vbac this time around. My son was born via c-section after about 35 hours of labour (17 h in hospital, I went way too early but didn't know being a ftm), only got to 8 cm and then they told me my pelvis was too small and that I wasn't progressing fast enough. I was 11 days overdue when I went into labour, my water never broke on its own but they insisted they break it when I was about 4-5 sm dilated.

 

I have done a lot of reading since then and I realize that I should have stayed home longer and that I probably shouldn't have had my water artificially broken. I also stayed in the labouring tub for a few hours and after I got out my midwives told me I was in there too long (not until after the fact - thanks!)

 

My question is, when did your water break on it's own. How many hours in, how many cms dilated? I am nervous about how this next birth will go, if I will be overdue, if I will progress in labour this time. Any experiences shared would be appreciated!:)


Mama to Callahan 05/18/10 cold.gifteapot2.GIF
callahansmama is offline  
#2 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 12:53 PM
 
StudyingStones's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 191
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I'm not sure this is helpful, but I went in for a foley catheter induction at 40+5 at 11:30pm or so. I woke up at 1:45am with a huge gush and my first contractions, and that was how my labor started.  When I got to the hospital I was 3 or 4cm dilated already.

 

Good luck, mama, I hope this time around goes better for you!!


Just me and DS.
StudyingStones is offline  
#3 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 01:00 PM
 
MichelleZB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 989
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)

Your mileage may vary! The water breaks at total random! I was one of those 10% whose water broke before she went into labour.

MichelleZB is offline  
#4 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 01:01 PM
 
dejagerw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 680
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

With my first they broke my water, hoping to speed up my labor. (That didn't work). With my second, my water didn't break until I started pushing.
 

dejagerw is offline  
#5 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 01:03 PM - Thread Starter
 
callahansmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Northwest Territories, Canada
Posts: 123
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

So they didn't pressure you to break your water? I want to wait until mine breaks on its own this time and no induction for me because of the vbac. Thanks ladies for your input:)


Mama to Callahan 05/18/10 cold.gifteapot2.GIF
callahansmama is offline  
#6 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 01:07 PM
 
fruitfulmomma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Between the Rockies and a Flat Place
Posts: 4,213
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)

Were they trying to speed labor up or??? I've had it done twice, once during labor and once for induction which I was fine with, but just because it hasn't broke yet, uh no. Still hoping to get one in the caul someday...last two were close, they broke with crowning. #1 was a few hours before birth with a 36 hr labor and I don't remember with #4.


fruitfulmomma is online now  
#7 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 01:18 PM
 
Detcb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Upstate, NY
Posts: 44
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Mine broke with crowning also. I went very late to the hospital with a fast labor (like I got to the hospital and had a baby in arms in <10 min)


mommy to Claire 4.21.10 and surprise! expecting someone new January 2013

Detcb is offline  
#8 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 03:10 PM
 
mommysweetness's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Mine broke when I started pushing. I was almost 42 weeks. It took me a VERY long time to dilate (2 days of "false" labor, plus a day and a half of "productive" contractions). I also got in my birth tub too early and I think that probably contributed to a longer labor. I had terrible back pain so I got in the birth tub when I was only 2 cms (I didnt know not to do that!), and stayed in there for a while. It helped my back feel better but I think it slowed down labor. At least we know for this time right? :) I am due with #2 in October and will not be getting in the tub until much later, I plan on taking more showers to relax instead. 

Best of luck with your VBAC!

mommysweetness is offline  
#9 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 05:39 PM
 
dejagerw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 680
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by callahansmama View Post

So they didn't pressure you to break your water? I want to wait until mine breaks on its own this time and no induction for me because of the vbac. Thanks ladies for your input:)

 

They didn't really pressure me either time. With my first, I mistakingly went to the hospital way to early. I was at 4 cm forever once I got there. They suggested breaking the water if I wanted to see if it would speed things up.

 

The second time, they never brought it up. I waited much longer to go to the hospital with that one. (My labors are really long). I got there at 8 cm and had the baby 4 hours later. I don't think they asked about breaking my water (not that I remember anyway). The hospital was great. One of the nurses even checked my dilation while I was laboring in the shower so I wouldn't have to get out.

 

If you don't want your water broken, just make sure it's in your birth plan, or tell someone that you don't want it broken.

dejagerw is offline  
#10 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 05:53 PM
 
artekah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 1,127
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
With my second baby my water never broke! She was born in the caul, amniotic sac perfectly intact. It was really cool. It was a water birth and I caught her myself, then right as I pulled her up out of the water one of my midwives broke the sac and pulled it off of her face so she could breathe.

If you don't break it artificially, there's always the chance it won't break--rare, but it happens, and is supposed to be a good omen for the child. smile.gif

ETA: I have a friend whose baby was also born in the caul, also underwater, but in the hospital. (Mine was at home.)
artekah is offline  
#11 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 06:51 PM
 
Katie8681's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Northern Cali
Posts: 676
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)

I am not sure how dilated I was when my water broke! I was real stingy with the cervical checks :)  I know I was 5cm at 1am when I got settled in at the hospital, my water broke at 3:40am, I went straight into roaring transition, started pushing at 4, and baby was out at 4:20. I guess I was probably at 7-8cm when my water broke.  It's funny, I was in the tub but felt it very dramatically when it happened. It felt a little bit like a rubber band snapped from inside my abdomen. 


At home amongst the redwoods treehugger.gif with my husband and my son, born 7/5/11 familybed1.gif  Instant CNM, just add caffix.gif !

Katie8681 is offline  
#12 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 07:01 PM
 
my3monkees's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 193
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

With all 3 it broke before labor started. First one labor started 5 hr. after it broke. Second one I actually didn't realize it had broken until doctor told me at my appt. It was a hot sticky Aug. day and I had on a pad, just in case! LOL It was more of a dribble. Third one it broke and labor started immediately after.
 


wife to my modifiedartist.gif and homeschool.gif mom to my 3 monkees dd 15 photosmile2.gif, ds13 geek.gif ,ds 9 nut.gif

my3monkees is offline  
#13 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 07:30 PM
 
WittyNameHere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Sound Beach, NY
Posts: 87
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

For both labors my water broke just before crowning.

WittyNameHere is offline  
#14 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 08:53 PM
 
savithny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 1,820
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

WIth #1, water broke, presumably, with full dilation.  It pretty much marked "Time to push!"   My contractions changed to urge-to-push surges.

 

With #2, I was laboring in the tub, thinking "hm, it feels better if I bear down a bit when the stabby back pain hits" and my water broke with a pop and she dropped immediately to crowning and basically fell out on the next contraction.


savithny, 42 year old moderate mom to DS Primo (age 12) and DD Secunda (age 9).

savithny is offline  
#15 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 09:10 PM
 
philomom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 9,430
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
With all three babies the bag leaked just at crowning. Two out of my three babies had the sac partially on their face as they emerged from the womb.
philomom is offline  
#16 of 36 Old 08-18-2012, 04:54 AM
 
josie423's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 972
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

With my first, second and fourth it broke while pushing. My third was born in the caul.


Single Mama to five 6 and under!
josie423 is offline  
#17 of 36 Old 08-18-2012, 05:23 AM
 
TorreyMomma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I am a doula and currently studying to get my midwifery certification/license. I have attended over 100 births, and it is not unusual to have a birth where the membranes don't release until the baby crowns. In many Asian cultures a baby born with intact membranes is considered blessed. Having intact membranes makes labor less uncomfortable, one mom told me her labor was completely enjoyable! If you would like more information on "normal" I strongly recommend Dr. Sarah J. Buckley's book. In fact, it is the only book I require my birthing class to acquire. Whether you choose a V-BAC at home, a birth center, or a hospital, her book has factual data and statistics from peer-reviewed Journals. You can find the statistics for anything labor related. The best thing I learned in my doula training class was to teach parents how to let go and listen to their instincts. If you can filter the grains of truth from our overly media-tized culture and ask your self "Is this pertinent to me? my child? this birth?" and most importantly "Does this feel right? Does it ring true, for me?" you will be giving your self and your family the best gift possible: confidence in your ability to be a mother!

Hope this helps you, and more importantly I hope you have a Blessed and Gentle Birth this time around!  For info on Sarah's book you can check out her web-site: http://www.sarahbuckley.com/

 

Torrey

TorreyMomma is offline  
#18 of 36 Old 08-20-2012, 09:01 PM
 
trimommy2009's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 53
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
With my first, my (inexperienced) midwife broke my water when I was 10cm and had been pushing with no urge for over an hour. Three hours later, exhausted we transfered from the birth center to the hospital for what I believe was an unnecessary c-section. My second, homebirth, water broke right after transition when I was just starting to feel the urge to push.
trimommy2009 is offline  
#19 of 36 Old 08-23-2012, 12:14 PM
 
Ms Rabbit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 111
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

With my first, my water broke about 2 hours before contractions started (although it seemed like much longer when you are sitting around on wet towels waiting for something to happen!). I had just left a NST and I was grocery shopping at the time. I was 2-3cm dilated for two weeks prior to labour starting (and was still at 3cm when I was checked 4 hours after my water had broken).

 

With my second, he was born in the caul.


Happy wife of Mr. Rabbit; proud momma to DS1 (07.07.09), DS2 (02.11.11) and expecting baby #3 01.27.13.

 

Ms Rabbit is offline  
#20 of 36 Old 08-23-2012, 02:55 PM
 
hibiscus mum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 236
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
With my first, my water broke then contractions started about 4 hours later. I had a cool OB who told me to just chill at home until contractions were 3 to 5 minutes apart, which wasn't until about 4:00 in the afternoon (water broke at around 7 a.m.)

I was induced with my second and the OB ( a different one) broke my water.

Cool to read about all the babies born en caul. redface.gif

Mama to Sunshine (9/06), the Duke (4/09), and little chickadee (9/12).
hibiscus mum is offline  
#21 of 36 Old 08-23-2012, 02:55 PM
 
hibiscus mum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 236
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
With my first, my water broke then contractions started about 4 hours later. I had a cool OB who told me to just chill at home until contractions were 3 to 5 minutes apart, which wasn't until about 4:00 in the afternoon (water broke at around 7 a.m.)

I was induced with my second and the OB ( a different one) broke my water.

Cool to read about all the babies born en caul. redface.gif

Mama to Sunshine (9/06), the Duke (4/09), and little chickadee (9/12).
hibiscus mum is offline  
#22 of 36 Old 08-23-2012, 04:11 PM
 
Katherine73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 48
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)

My waters broke at 2am on his due date. Contractions started at 3:30.

 

My husband didn't believe me when I flipped on the light at 2am and declared that my water had broken. Until he saw that I was soaked, he was soaked, and the bed was soaked. smile.gif

Katherine73 is offline  
#23 of 36 Old 09-05-2012, 12:52 PM
 
Quinalla's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Ohio, USA
Posts: 2,354
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It broke while I was pushing at some point, I didn't know until asking my husband afterwards. Maybe my next will be in caul smile.gif I think it did help with making my labor more manageable for me, like I was in transition in the car on the way to the hospital I'm sure looking back, but I thought I wasn't nearly that far along at the time and was just being a bit of a wuss about the intensity of things. But yeah, as another poster said, it is about 10% who have water break prior to labor, most ladies their water breaks during labor and some it doesn't break until broken manually after birth smile.gif And I know I would be very hesitant to have my water broken manually during labor, I'd want very good reasons for it!

Katie trekkie.gif - Married to Mike 06/02/01, Mom to Sydney Anne born 11/21/09 and Alice Maeryn & Oliver Thomas born 04/24/13  hug.gif 

 

 

Quinalla is offline  
#24 of 36 Old 09-05-2012, 12:55 PM
 
erigeron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 2,345
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Mine broke a few hours before I started having contractions. 


WOHM to a girl jog.gif (6-11) and a new baby boy stork-boy.gif (2-14) and adjusting to the full-time life and husband being a SAHD. 
erigeron is offline  
#25 of 36 Old 09-05-2012, 12:59 PM
 
JamieCatheryn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: SW Pa
Posts: 5,120
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)

First one, 24 hours in at 4cm's (stayed at 4cm from 12 hours in until 30 hours in, then progressed normally and he was born after 38hrs).

Second, it broke in 2 layers, the first at 9cm or so after 26 hours or so, the second layer during pushing, 27 hours in, at complete but with a lip as the midwife helped push the cervical lip aside (yes she got splashed). Much as I knew about birth I did not know your water could break twice with one baby.

JamieCatheryn is online now  
#26 of 36 Old 09-06-2012, 07:24 AM
 
1babysmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 4,953
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

...........


Me (27) DH (30)...9 Years

DD (7) ~ DD (4) ~ DS (3)

Praying our April 2013 baby sticks!! joy.gif


Babies in Heaven...angel.gif 9/04 angel.gif 2/05 angel.gif 3/11 angel.gif 4/11 angel.gif 6/11 angel.gif 11/11 angel.gif 2/12 (along with my tube greensad.gif )

 

1babysmom is offline  
#27 of 36 Old 09-06-2012, 06:22 PM
 
BeachLove's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 137
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Mine broke within an hour of my 2nd son's birth, while I was in transition, in the birthing tub.

 

My daughter's was artificially broken as part of my induction :(
 


Happy housewife dishes.gif and SAHM to a beautiful 3 year old DD luxlove.gif and a July 2012 DS! babyf.gifMarried to my best friend since 9/5/07 partners.gif

I love to  sewmachine.gif, photosmile2.gif, and reading.gif.  We cd.gif and goorganic.jpg whenever possible.

 

BeachLove is offline  
#28 of 36 Old 09-08-2012, 12:55 PM
 
MacKinnon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: The Great Lakes State
Posts: 3,844
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
With all three of mine, water broke when I was pushing!

sleepytime.gifC.- WOHM, CPST Instructor, and all around busy Mama to  blowkiss.gifA.- 02/04, bouncy.gif I. 01/07,babyf.gifE. 09/10 and

stork-suprise.gif expecting the surprise of our lives Fall 2012!
 

MacKinnon is offline  
#29 of 36 Old 09-09-2012, 01:39 PM
 
Katie8681's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Northern Cali
Posts: 676
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacKinnon View Post

With all three of mine, water broke when I was pushing!

thumb.gif  Did you baptize your attendants?


At home amongst the redwoods treehugger.gif with my husband and my son, born 7/5/11 familybed1.gif  Instant CNM, just add caffix.gif !

Katie8681 is offline  
#30 of 36 Old 09-09-2012, 02:44 PM
 
skyblufig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: on the shores of Lake Michigan
Posts: 424
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

First one, hospital mw broke it at 7cm before I got in labor tub (long story, grr). Second 2 born in the caul. love.gif


Jfly-by-nursing1.gif, partner-in-crime to Dfamilybed2.gif, mama to run.gif4, including our brand new rainbow1284.gifbaby.gifmissing my 7-wk-er

skyblufig is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off