Labor is dare I say easy until my water breaks. Then I have contractions every other min until baby comes out - it's intense!
I would love for my water to break when I'm further along (you know 9 cm lol) rather than my normal 5ish. This is baby #5. Is it possible to slow things down a bit? Thoughts?
: wife to DH, mom to DD (2004) DS (2005) DS (2007) DS (2009)
I have very fast labors and when I'm 9 cm they still have to break my water. I'm going to beg them to break it sooner than my past 2, to see if that gets things moving along even faster! Bring it on let's get this over with.
Paula, mama to DS M (7/2010) and Watson (1998) and welcoming baby Penny (8/1/2013)
I don't know, that may just be your body's natural process, and it may just be that intense for you, regardless of water breaking. Have you thought that maybe water breaks BECAUSE contractions are 1 minute apart? I don't know, just a thought.
My labors are very intense. Contractions start at 2 minutes apart and then just roll on top of each other. After a point, I only get get like 5-10 second breaks between them, which is kindof the max. And, for my first labor, they were like this, and water did not break (until midwife broke it after like 7 hours of that intensity, thinking things would progress quickly after, which they didn't because he was posterior -- ended up in hospital with pit and epidural and birth another 10 hours later), while for my second, they were like this too, where my water broke (well started to leak) at like 6 am and contractions didn't start until 7 pm (and baby was born 3hr15min later).
DS1 (6) , DS2 (3) , DD is here!
With my first they ruptured it at 6 cm because I was already in labor for 2.5 days and they were hoping to speed things along I guess.
With my second, it broke walking into the hospital. I think I was like 5 cm or so probably.
With my third(last one) my water broke right before I started needing to push.
I will look into that making the amniotic sac strong. It's so much easier before the water breaks, LOL. I would never opt for AROM unless there was some really great reason that I can't even think of for it. I think our bodies know when the best time for the water to break is most of the time. Hope this one goes better for you. I really starting to concern myself more with the pain I had to deal with with my last birth. Birth kinda scares me. My favorite part is right after the baby is out, everything before then, I wish I could skip. :)
Happily married Christian SAHM of 2 boys, DD1 , and DD2 July 2013
Mama to Monkey (Jan '09), Bee (May '11), and Cat (August, '13)
You could start taking 500mg/day of Vitamin C, if you aren't already. Probiotics are a good idea too.
The Vitamin C helps because Vitamin C is important in building tissue. Both the C and the probiotics contribute by preventing infection (which can cause your water to break early).
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
13yo ds 10yo dd 8yo ds and 6yo ds and 1yo ds