With my second my midwife ended up breaking the membranes as I was fully dilated, felt ready to push and they were sat there refusing to budge - I think I might be the only person on this board to have ever DEMANDED an internal If it makes any sense I *knew* baby was ready to go but something was blocking his progress, but the midwives were convinced that I couldn't possibly be fully dilated yet.
Not having experienced waters breaking (and generally being rather nosy about everything birth) I was wondering what people were doing when their waters went. Was it something strenuous? Sitting watching TV? While you were having contractions?
Here's the TMI part - Earlier today I was busy being sick (I think my morning sickness has returned for a final goodbye) and felt a trickle go down my leg. Given that I had literally *just* got up from peeing and started being sick while the loo was still flushing, it seems unlikely I wet myself, but it really didn't seem enough to be anything significant.
I don't believe in having my waters broken, I think I would feel like stabbing anyone in the eye who tried it. That's just me. One day if I ever have another I think having them being born in the caul would be so incredible, I would prefer to just leave it all to chance.
Originally Posted by seven_lux
I don't believe in having my waters broken, I think I would feel like stabbing anyone in the eye who tried it.
When a baby is born in the caul, doesn't the membrane usually break further up so the waters are no longer padding it out around the baby? I'm not sure what the definition is here.
However, anyone approaching me with a crochet hook thingy as a means to start labour would find themselves very rapidly leaving with a boot up their bum!
With BooBah, I was watching TV when I felt her trying to claw her way out of my uterus; she was moving from vertex to breech at nearly 39 weeks. I wasn't having contractions at all, though I did have one (probably from sheer irritation) while she was turning. When she finished, I stood up and felt a very slight dampness, not even enough to be called a trickle. I also felt and saw her big, round head at the top of my belly. Anyway, two days later I went in to attempt a version; they did an ultrasound and found that not only was she in a footling breech position, standing on her cord, but that all of the fluid had in fact drained and wasn't replenishing itself. I recieved an AFI of zero and was sent for an emergency c-section shortly thereafter.
With Bella, I was on the operating table; my water was broken by the surgeon.
#2, watching chicken run at home. I had a big contraction, started to tell my DH if we have any more like that and POP huge gush of water, wet all over.
My water has broekn at the beginning of all 4 of my labors. I like to mess with the statistics of birth.
With DD, it broke just about a minute before I felt like pushing
Jesse (July '09)
I always wanted internals. I just felt the need to know how I was progressing. I even did my own internals until we got to the hospital!
Homeschooling mama to 6 year old DD.
With Reese, I was standing by the bed at 10 cm and felt a funny little popping and my body gave a little push and GUSH!!!!! all over my feet. It was very dramatic, a very stereotypical made-for-TV moment.
#1- ummmm, having sex, well, actually switching into a more comfortable position to continue having sex.
#2- sleeping (less than two hours after sex)
I'm sensing a theme for our family.
R~mama to 3
But ctx didn't start. I waited 24 hours and then called the OB who told me to come in...negative ferning test and told that I must have wet myself and went home. Had her 5 days later. Water never broke again- just continued to leak throughout that 5 days.
Originally Posted by sproutbabe
I had just run a bath, then was having a pee before I got in - as I stood up I just felt a warm flood rush down my legs! The worst thing was I had been looking forward to that bath all day and then couldn't get in because of risk of infection :
With number one, it broke after I hit ten cm, just as I got the urge to push..."WOOSH!* The midwife had to change her scrubs quickly, as she was saturated...wet to the skin!
Mama to two awesome kids. Wife to a wonderful, attached, loving husband. I love my job-- I'm a Midwife, Doula and Childbirth Educator, Classes forming now!
This time, I'll try to avoid anyone breaking waters. Lucikly this babe will be born at a free-standing birth center, with a midwife so hopefully it won't be an issue.
Wife to an amazing man , mommy to 3 wild dudes: ds1 (5/23/05 @ 30 weeks), ds2 (3/5/09) , and ds3 (9/26/10) . Part time librarian, full time mommy, occasional chef and maid.
With my second, it was an induction and had waters broken by OB.
With my third, I woke up and got out of bed and felt a trickle. I wasn't sure it if was pee or water once again (I had a FULL bladder.) I tried every position I could think of to make more water come out! LOL! Anyway, the nurse practitioner (spelling?) and I decided it was just pee, and I'd just come in for my already scheduled appointment and double check then. Well, we were both wrong!
Now every time I move around a lot or get out of bed, I wonder if it's going to happen!!
I was 29 weeks, so I said "Uh oh!", and DH said "Is that a call the midwife uh oh?", and I said yes. Amazingly, I was awfully calm, given the situation. Normally I panic when stuff like that happens and I just have no clue what to do, but I just was not really all that worried. I mean, I knew it was a problem to have your water break that early, but it didn't feel like "Oh we need to get to the hospital right away" type problem. Contractions started about 10 hours later, on the way to the hospital, after having a morning appt with midwife and being sent to her unofficial backup OB for AF testing and u/s. Thankfully, baby was fine... just early.
Mama to Tornado Boy (6/04), The Brute (11/06), and Mischief (05/09)... expecting in February '15
#2: I woke up first thing in the morning with a very strong contraction. I tried to sit up to deal with it and felt a splash. Wasnt quite sure if it was my water or pee but the next contraction made it moot as I knew I was in real labor. Had baby a little over 2 hours later (that was a very intense labor!).
I didnt have further gushing with either one, so I dont know if it was just a forebag break both times or if their heads sealed things off. There was no momentus further break later in either labor, but I was in water so maybe we just didnt notice.
This time I hope it doesnt break to start labor, so that a) I get a little more time, maybe and b) so I get some cushioning!
My DD was born at home. I was in labor on and off for several days - then finally friday cx started to pick up a bit. Suddenly I just went from very irregular cx to transition - they just kept coming and coming. Then one VERY powerful cx hit me - I was screaming and yelling through it untill POP - the water broke all over the place. It was a big relief. If felt like some pressure went away and the cx were less painful after that. Very shortly after that I realised that I was pushy so I guess the water broke around full dilation and as the baby started coming down.
She was born maybe 15 minutes later
Single mom to ds(8), dd(6) and ds(5)
With #3 I slept right through it. It was my due date and the kids and I were napping. I woke up in a huge puddle of water -- and I still had to pee, badly! So I was pretty sure it was my water. Didn't have any ctx for about 8 hours, until I got on the breast pump. My girl was born 4 hours later.
My first broke while I was eating lunch at school (I was a teacher). It was a trickle then and ended up breaking again while at the hospital.
My second was a homebirth. My water broke while I was lying in my DD's bed getting her down to bed for the night. I felt this weird tickling sensation "down there," almost felt like baby was tiptoeing inside me to get out and it was a gush. It broke and gushed again in labor at some point and soaked the mw.
Originally Posted by courtenay_e
Too bad you didn't take that bath, midwives will tell you to TAKE the bath, just not to put anything PHYSICAL up your vagina once the bag has broken(ie: vag exam, monitors, etc). Germs aren't likely to climb WATER up your vvagina, as they are THINGS like fingers, etc. Stats support that, too, by the way...so you know for next time, if there is one!
+= Peanut (2004), Pumpkin (2007) and Butter Bean!! (2011)
#2 -- in labor. My water broke, he flipped, and crowned all in one contraction, born five minutes later
#3 -- not sure. it might have broken at onset of labor or when I was in the tub. I really do not know.
2) Pushing in my birth pool
3) Getting up to pee in the middle of the night