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06-18-2010 10:06 PM
earthmama369 With my first, my water broke spontaneously when I got up that morning and contractions started within the hour (though she wasn't born until the next day).

With my second, my water didn't break until the very end of labor, as his head came down into the birth canal. Labor started very much the same in all other ways -- about an hour after I got up that morning. It was even the same day of the week. He didn't wait until the next day to be born, though.
06-18-2010 09:55 PM
SallyN Both times my water broke first thing in the morning (though interestingly, different times of the morning... but the first time I got up to pee). First labor, I hadn't had any contractions. Second labor I *thought* I hadn't been having contractions, but since contractions started/picked up immediately after water breaking, and I'd had a shittier-than-normal night, I decided in retrospect that I must have been having contractions during the night. :P

First labor I had a medical midwife and was talked into pitocin mere hours after my water broke (and contractions hadn't started... though I don't think they really had much chance since I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off and I wonder if I'd slowed down and just let my body do it's thing if they would have gotten going on their own.)
Second labor I had a different midwife (and doula) who had other strategies to get labor going, and turned out I didn't need them. :P
06-18-2010 09:35 PM
stik My water broke in the middle of the night with both of my dds. Slow leaks both times. With my first, labor started right away and she was born about 7 hours later. With my second, nothing really happened for hours, and then labor started in earnest and I went from 2 cm to holding a baby in under two hours.
06-18-2010 08:02 PM
NoraC With #1 my water broke about a week after EDD. Did not have any contractions for 24 hours+ and was then given oxytocin. I think they tried the gel first though.

With #2 my water broke on my EDD but had no contractions for 12+ hours and was then given oxytocin.

Oddly enough, both times my water broke on the same day of the week and at around the same time of day -- 4 pm for the first, 5 pm for the second. Even the same doctors on call!
06-18-2010 07:52 PM
Wendy HS My water broke with my first at 3 am in the morning and I started light contractions. I was threatened with a C-section when I got to the hospital (which was uncalled for and made me mad) I did a lot of fast walking and other things to get labor really going and from start to finish it took about 27 hours. With my second my water broke again at 3am (amazing!!), and contractions started lightly again, but came on harder without much walking or anything. From start to finish it was 14 hours. Expecting my 3rd and wondering how this one will turn out. I would be okay either way (what choice do I have) It didn't bother me much for my water to break and I am very thankful I had some of the depends underpants on hand just for that reason, they came in very handy, otherwise I would have had to live on the toilet, or change my clothes a lot.
06-18-2010 05:08 PM
blksmthsrsexy With my first, my water broke as we were eating dinner (at 37 weeks). With my second, My water didn't break until my OB broke it (with my permission) at 10 cms. we are expecting #3, our first home birth, and we'll see what happens.
06-09-2010 10:24 PM
Burnindinner I can now answer this - nope.

With DS2, water broke sometime during labor, not even sure when.
05-20-2010 10:37 PM
wombatclay dd1- sPROM at 42+ weeks. Water broke, contractions started about 18 hours later.

dd2- SROM at 40 weeks with contractions starting within a half hour or so.

ds1- my odd one out...Midwife broke my water due to being on a 'vbac' clock (no midwife after 42wks, no vbac "allowed" after 42wks). So at 42wks and after weeks of prodromal labor I had AROM. DS was born 4 hours later. I think my body just doesn't know what to do till the water breaks, you know?
05-19-2010 11:50 PM
mommyfied MyBoysBlue - 25 min from start to finish!! #2 was 2.5 hours for me. I really don't want it to be any faster this time.

My water broke with #1 and contractions started an hour or two later.

With #2, I had a leak with the first contraction but it didn't gush until her head was born. However, I think maybe her head was blocking it and that is why. Her head was only about 1.5" inside the last week or two of my pregnancy.
05-19-2010 09:22 PM
MyBoysBlue My water broke in bed both times. The first I was asleep and woke up hot and as I went to sit up to push off the blankets my water broke. DS was born 2.5 hours later. With my second I was sitting up in bed playing sudoku and my water broke, DS was born 25 minutes later.
05-19-2010 08:08 PM
Hayes I am a statistical anomaly! My water has broken within 1-2 contractions of my labor beginning with all six of my pregnancies.
05-19-2010 01:14 AM
34me With number one I got up to pee at 4 o'clock in the morning and my water broke . Contractions started 12 minutes later. She was born on her due date. My boys didn't break until well into labor.
05-19-2010 12:00 AM
JennTheMomma With DS1 my water didn't break until about 15 or so hours into labor. With DS2 my water broke about 2 hours before I felt contractions.
05-18-2010 03:11 PM
thenaturefreak My water broke when laying in bed 3 hours before my first was born. (That was when I first knew I was in labor)

My second baby I labored during the night and the water broke in the birth pool right before the baby came out.
05-16-2010 05:58 PM


05-16-2010 05:57 PM
dachshundqueen #1 PROM at 36 weeks, stall, pitocin and prolapse

#2 MW advised I take lots of C, broken at 8CM by MW @ 41 weeks 3 days

#3 only 21 weeks pg

05-16-2010 05:12 PM
Kidzaplenty My water broke to start my labor with my first, and not with my second (or any other, actually).
05-15-2010 11:03 PM
Annoia With my first, my water broke with no other signs of labor. I had my son 8 hours later.

With my second, my water broke are my daughter was crowning. Three hours labor in total.

Since my water never broke with the second (until the very end), I never really felt like I was in labor! (I guess I was just waiting for my bag to break to 'tell' me I was in labor LOL )
05-14-2010 02:10 PM
francesmama #1 water broke first, no contractions, was induced due to being GBS+

#2 water broke first (at an ultrasound!), followed by contractions and a wonderful homebirth
05-14-2010 09:56 AM
ann_of_loxley It did with my first. It was 9 in the morning. I remember it clearly cause I thought I had wet the bed!... Seriously - it squirt! - squirt! lol I saw it shoot between my legs! lol And a lot of vernix followed with it! (thats how I finally figured out it wasn't me wetting the bed! hehe)... He was 10 and a half pounds....

Now...with my second (fresh from the oven)...It NEVER broke. Nope. I was in labour for HOURS. Stuck at 8cm alone for 5 of those hours. He was 12lbs 4oz...but the bloody bag of waters was just too tough for either of us! (eventually they broke them - perhaps if he could have decended, they would have eventually broke on their own)... talk about total opposites though! lol
05-14-2010 09:46 AM
sweeetpea SROM before labor in all three births

With #1, pPROM @ 34w. It was a slow leak, not a huge gush, and I was in denial that anything could be happening all day. Finally went to hospital at 6pm, had baby at 8:52pm.

#2 - 39w6d, big gush at 11:30pm, contractions started immediately, baby born @ 1:56am (OB had swept membranes without telling me two days before)

#3 - 41w, 2d, big gush at 11:30pm, contractions started immediately, baby born @ 10:07am (MW swept membranes at my request the day before)
05-14-2010 09:12 AM
briome With my first pregnancy, my water broke when I woke up to go the the bathroom at 5am. Then contractions started a few hours later.....

Then I had two HBAC's with my water naturally breaking during labor.
05-14-2010 09:05 AM
Magali My waters broke hours before labor started. I ended up going to the hospital way too early and by the time my labor did start it wasn't going "fast enough" for my Dr. and I ended up being augmented with pitocin. I find this thread very interesting and I really hope my waters don't break so early this time around, but if they do I will be better prepared and armed with knowledge to avoid any sort of chemical augmentation.
05-14-2010 09:04 AM
walking burp cloth With #1 my water broke and ds was born 15 hours later.

With #2 contrations started and my water didn't break until I was almost ready to push. 12 hours from start to finish.
05-14-2010 08:52 AM
Mal85 I'm definitely interested in this too. My water broke with my daughter and it took almost 5 hours for contractions to start. They started hard, every 4 minutes, about a minute long. Back labor, yuck. I'm really hoping, next time around, my water does not break to begin with. It made labor much harder and it did not go by any quicker. My water broke at 3:45 in the afternoon and she was born at 6:30 the next morning.
05-14-2010 08:34 AM
livelovelaugh #1 Water broke and labor started immediately (ended up with emergency c-section)

#2 Water broke and labor started immediately (progressed quickly and had baby in 5 hours, from water breaking to holding baby!)

Wodnering what will happen this time!!! No waiting around and laboring for this mama if the water breaks before labor starts.
05-13-2010 11:51 PM
berrymama My water broke first with both of my labors and contractions started right away. First labor was 3 hrs. and the second one was just 1 hour (an accidental unassisted).
05-13-2010 11:31 PM
annethcz #1- water broke before labor started

#2- was born in the caul

#3- water broke as she was crowing.
05-13-2010 04:41 PM
grcelizabeth #1 PROM big gush, labor didn't start for 18hrs
#2 PROM small leak, still had hind bag of waters intact, labor didn't start for
#3 ROM small leak, labor began immediately

JUST SO YOU KNOW, IT'S VERY RARE to have PROM and especially rare to have it subsequently. If so, I would look at if you have history before or during pregnancy of vaginal infection, yeast infection, positive for group B strep, ect.
05-13-2010 03:49 PM
Starry-eyedMom With #1--Water broke and then I "failed to progress" and was induced.

With #2--Water broke and baby was born 15 minutes later (had relatively painless contractions all afternoon).

With #3-- had contractions for an hour and then water broke. Baby born three hours later. I did use castor oil to get things going
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