|View Poll Results: How & when did your water break? (N = naturally, A= artificially)|
|N) Prior to labor, ctx's didn't start right away||12||20.00%|
|A) Prior to labor, ctx's didn't start right away||2||3.33%|
|N) Prior to labor & ctx's instantly intense||5||8.33%|
|A) Prior to labor & ctx's instantly intense||1||1.67%|
|N) In labor, ctx's didn't change||4||6.67%|
|A) In labor, ctx's didn't change||6||10.00%|
|N) In labor, ctx's instantly intensified||11||18.33%|
|A) In labor, ctx's instantly intensified||8||13.33%|
|N) During pushing, no pain difference||5||8.33%|
|A) During pushing, no pain difference||1||1.67%|
|N) During pushing, BIG pain difference||1||1.67%|
|A) During pushing, BIG pain difference||2||3.33%|
|I don't remember when my water broke||2||3.33%|
|My water didn't break prior, I had a c-section||0||0%|
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Poll options explanations
A= artificially ruptured
N= naturally ruptured
~Prior to labor, ctx's didn't start right away= water broke before active labor and contractions didn't start right away or you had to be induced.
~Prior to labor & ctx's instantly intense= water broke and contractions began immediately and intensly
~In labor, ctx's didn't change= water broke during labor (after contractions had already begun) and it didn't affect the level of pain
~In labor, ctx's instantly intensified= water broke during labor (after contractions had already begun) and the pain intensified
~During pushing, no pain difference= water broke during pushing stage but made no difference in the pain level
~During pushing, BIG pain difference= water broke during pushing stage and intensified the pain
I'm hoping this poll will answer my questions...my water broke (well, it was an amniotomy) 4 hours after my MW successfully induced my labor (FYI- I don't regret my birth choices/experience, but I don't plan on doing it again. I wasn't as educated on inductions as I am now, so please don't drill me on it! I'm well aware of it all...), and man, that was enough to convince me that I'd like to labor as long as possible next time before my water breaks or we break my water, just for the pain factor. I remember learning in nursing school that sometimes it can speed up your labor if your waters are no longer intact, but I often wonder if I may have been able to skip the epi had we not broke my water 4 hours in. I mean, that I might have eased into VERY active labor since I was doing great with the contractions prior to my amniotomy. But once we broke my water, ahhh....it was awful.
DD (9) ~ DD (7) ~ DS (5) ~ DS (2)
Mama to 10 babies in Heaven
This was me w/ dd2- I was in labor about 25 hrs and still they hadn't broken so we agreed to let the doc break the sac. She said that the bag was very tough to breaK. I almost immediately felt the urge to push. I did have to get through them for a while longer, but I dialated from a 6 to 10 pretty quickly- 2 hrs later she was out.
I agree that it helped me deal w/ the pain because I had worked up to it and not done it right away like w/ dd1 (pit induced, water broken 2 hrs into it, epi)
And by the way, there is no empirical evidence whatsoever that backs up the theory that AROM speeds up labor.
Sabra: Mama to Bobbie (3/02), Linda (1/04), Esther (10/05), Marie (11/10), Douglas (11/12), & Psalm (09/14; in Heaven)
#1 & #2 Broke artificially in labor contractions increased
#3 In labor broke naturally contractions increased
#4 Started labor, contractions started almost immediately, 45 min labor.
I am really hoping my waters stay intact until I am well into labor this time.
1st - rom at onset of labor and that was fairly easy labor.
2nd- arom after about 23 hours of labor (which then resealed) DIdn't intensify.
3rd - arom to induce very easy labor
4th - rom at onset, super hard labor
5th - born in the caul hard labor the whole time but not too hard. Mostly like work
6th - rom at onset of labor super easy labor.
It doesn't seem to matter for me.
AROM with pit already flowing no previous noticable ctx. It was like being instantly slamed into fourth gear: 6 hr labor from that point.
Second child an induction due to prodromal labor.
AROM no ctx for about 20 minutes then a gradual build. 7 hr labor from ROM.
DH&Me Christ follower, homeschooler, gardener, (insert lots of additional crunchiness here) chicken mama, & occasionally blogger. Mama of boys 9,7,3.5,&11months....& SURPRISE expecting a BOY in November! 7 sweet-babes gone too soon.
Both births, water broke at the end of transition and signalled a major change in the *type* of contraction, but did not make them more painful.
Birth #1: Water broke. Almost immediately, contractions changed from being waves of cramping pain across my back to being waves of the urge to push. They were much more intense, but I wouldn't call them *painful* - it was that "like throwing up, only downward" that people talk about.
Birth #2 - water broke, either triggered by or triggering, FER. Baby immediately dropped to crowning, was born 1 cx later. In that case - water breaking=birth. Major change in contractions, and while there was more pain, it was Ring of Fire, not contraction pain.
savithny, 42 year old moderate mom to DS Primo (age 12) and DD Secunda (age 9).
I'm hoping my waters hold MUCH longer this time round...it's a lot easier to shift a malpositioned babe into alignment when there's a little "water" to ease the way!
DS#1 - 33ish hours into 45 hour labor - the doctor broke my water soon after I got in the hospital, I was 4cm. I had an epidural by that time so there was no pain, therefor no pain difference.
DS#2 - 32ish hours into 33 hour labor - my water broke on it's own (though I had been in transition and had been begging my mw to break my water for an hour or so lol), I was 9cm and I started gently pushing to try and finish off to 10cm. The contractions didn't get worse, however I also had a strong urge to push shortly after, so the pain was mostly gone and I was relieved to be pushing.
1st baby: MW broke waters(early labor) = intensity increased dramatically
2nd: Dr. broke waters (late in labor) = no change
3rd: Spontaneous, during pushing stage = no change
ds#2 stayed away from hosp as long as possible water broke naturally at 8cm and he was born an hour or so later the ctx didn't feel worse after though.
My 2nd daughter was born all-natural in the tub at a FSBC. The water broke just as she crowned. It made a BIG difference. I wouldn't say it was more painful, but it was definitely more POWERFUL
I'm very very pleased that the bag of water was left to break on it's own time. I'll do it that way with any future births
My water broke after transition, but I put "in labor" because I wasn't actively pushing.
There was no difference in intensity or pain. It was all really, really intense and painful at that point.
dd 11 mos
#1 -- water broke naturally, well into labour, and contractions became more painful and intense
#2 -- water broke naturally, during pushing, and contractions became more painful and intense (and I was very happy about it, since my second labour was dragging on longer than my first, and I was hoping my water would break and hurry things up. They shouldn't get your hopes up with "first labours are slow, after that the labours are way quicker!" )
#3 -- water broke naturally, before labour started, though I didn't actually realize it was broken until I was in labour. My midwife arrived, and she did a vag check because I said I was having a bit of leaking, but I wasn't sure if it was my water or just lots of watery discharge. It probably broke about 6 hours before labour started. I didn't notice that this labour was more intense than the ones where my water broke later on.
Mom to DS(14), DS(12), DD(9), DS(6), DS (4), and DS(2)