Water breaking when going into labor

@ravinskye (8242)
United States
July 4, 2007 8:59am CST
Did your water break on its own when you went into labor? They say like only 1 in 4 breaks on its own, so I thought we'd see what results we come up with. My first 2 children the doctor had to break my water. How about you? Did you water break or did they do it at the hospital?
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• Philippines
4 Jul 07
1st son - the contractions/labor pain was so much, it started the day before he was born, then doctor had to break it, then he goes out smoothly within minutes, with 3 pushings as I recall it :) 2nd son - the contractions/labor pain was tolerable hours before i really went on final stage of labor, and it took more time/minutes pushing than I expected, coz my obgyne let the water break on its own :( 3rd son - soon to find out:P
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
5 Jul 07
Happy to hear it! Best wishes to you!
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• Philippines
5 Jul 07
Thanks :)
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
4 Jul 07
I must be statistically correct. I had 4 children and my water broke on its own with one of them. That's kinda weird , huh?
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
4 Jul 07
lol that is weird. my 3rd is due in 3 weeks, so i figure i have about a 50/50 chance that it might break on its own. lol
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Mine broke with my 2nd.
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• Philippines
5 Jul 07
My water bag broke even before i go to labor. And I have to be induced so that i wont have dry labor which is much painful and would not stress the baby.
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
5 Jul 07
I glad that your doctor could get that done for you. Is that your precious bundle in your avatar? So adorable!
@creematee (2810)
• United States
5 Jul 07
My first child, the doctor broke my water for me. I was induced a month early as I had preenclampsia. I don't even remember what end was up at that time. I do remember the dr. checking on me, breaking the water, and then leaving to pick up a gal. of milk for his own children. He barely made it out to the parking lot before he was paged back. My second child was a week early, but I was having contractions for about 24 hours before she came. It was taking FOREVER for me to dialate, so the dr. decided to break water again. 3 min. after she did that I had a beautiful baby girl. My 3rd again, I was having contractions for 24 hours a week before her due date. I was slow on dialating, but the nurses weren't worried. They had me hooked up on that monitors etc. Suddenly, we heard a "whoosh" (Like a slow tire leak) sound on the heart monitor. The nurse looked at me and said "what was that??" Um, my water broke. I barely got into delivery position before Maggie Mayhem came out. I guess that if my water broke at home I'd never make it to the hospital in time. They were all really quick deliveries. Good luck with your ravinskye!!! I'm probably as anxious as you for this baby to arrive. :)
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
17 Jul 07
Thanks for the BR. :) Do we have a baby yet?
@lillake (1634)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Just because it doesn't break when the doctor wants it to does not mean that it will not break at all. I wish doctors would put their egos and paychecks aside and let women's bodies do what they are made to do.
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@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
5 Jul 07
My doctors did, well i had midiwife instead, but she didn't break it right away. We waited hours for it to break on its own, but it didn't so finally she broke it.
@Tanya8 (1734)
• Canada
5 Jul 07
I didn't realize it was so common for it not to break. My doctor was reluctant to break it, because she thought it might provide a cushioning effect as the baby was moving down, but eventually she did, and the baby came out right after. With my second child, I think the water broke as he was being delivered. I have no recollection of it breaking before I got to the hospital, and I'm sure my husband would have commented if had happened in the house or in his car :). I got up on the bed for the nurse to check how dilated I was, and she said, "This baby is coming NOW!", then out he came, water and all.
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• United States
5 Jul 07
I have had five children and for each one my water had to be broken. The great thing about them breaking it for me is that my labor went very fast afterwards, so if it had broken at home or somewhere else, there is a good chance I may not have gotten to the hospital on time:)
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Yes and no. When I was pregnant with my first son my water broke on its own. Then the contractions came. Light ones at first, but since my water broke and it was our first baby my husband rushed me to the hospital. LOL With my second son, I started feeling light contractions. I told my DH and we decided to wait until my contractions got worse since my water didn't break. About 2 hours later the contractions were pretty strong and even though my water didn't break we jetted off to the hospital. Once there I found out I was 9 centimeters dilated and they got me into a birthing room quick! LOL The doctor decided to wait a little while to see if my water would break on its own. But about 2 hours later the doctor decided to break it and my son came out 4 minutes later. :)
@Zorrogirl (1481)
• South Africa
4 Jul 07
my water broke the night before my girl was born. i didnt even know my water has broken. it happened very slowly while i was going to the loo. very strange. labour pains began but i went to bed and went to work the next day. at 12 i drove to the hospital. my hubby met me there and i had my baby naturally at ten past six.
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@Zorrogirl (1481)
• South Africa
4 Jul 07
my water broke the night before my girl was born. i didnt even know my water has broken. it happened very slowly while i was going to the loo. very strange. labour pains began but i went to bed and went to work the next day. at 12 i drove to the hospital. my hubby met me there and i had my baby naturally at ten past six.
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@Calais (10900)
• Australia
4 Jul 07
My first they broke mine at the hospital and the second I was at the hospital and it broke itself.
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@GuateMom (1411)
• Canada
4 Jul 07
Interesting question. With my first son, my water broke when I was about 4 cm dilated. With my second, they had to break it for me, but there wasn´t really any fluid left anyway.
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@rusty2rusty (6767)
• Defiance, Ohio
4 Jul 07
My water broke on all three of my kids by its self. But than again..all three of my kids decided they wanted out early. So they broke it themselves.
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@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
5 Jul 07
Well, for my firstborn.. I was overdue 10 days after my due date. So i came into the hospital to get my labor induced. And about an hour and a half before I went into labor, my water broke by itself. According to the statistics then, for my next baby, the water bag will have to be broken? I'll let you know if that happens.. 2nd baby is coming around somewhere in October. :) All the best on your delivery~~!
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
5 Jul 07
well i think it might mean 1 in 4 women have their water break on its own. So since your first on broke on its own, your second one might too. Mine is the opposite, my first 2 didn't break, and we're waiting to see on this one.
• United States
13 Sep 07
They had to break my water both times. The first time they gave me the epidural first (which stopped working after an hour)so i didnt feel it. The 2nd time, he broke my water when i was at about 3cms dilated and it didnt feel very good.
• Singapore
15 Aug 07
mine for both labour time was broke by the doc.. cox thou my cevic was open(1st-3cm,2nd-6cm) but it stil haven break.. so doc got to do the job then :)
• United States
7 Aug 07
I have had 2 kids. With my first my water broke on its own...while I was sleeping and soaked our bed so bad I had to buy a new mattress LOL! it was like Niagra Falls all the way to the hospital. She was 3 1/2 weeks early too. My son had to be induced because he was a week late (and I swear never coming out) and the doc broke the water. Funny story about that....the doc was in her street clothes when she broke my water....I warned that I gushed last time and she said "oh I'll be fine" Sure enough it cam a rushing out and she got soaked! LOL
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
4 Aug 07
My doctor had to break my water. I was so afraid that it was going to break while I was at work, though. I had been in the early stages of labor for a while before I had my son. Everyday when I went to work, someone would comment about it. I worked at a barber shop on a military base, and one of the ladies I worked with told most of my clients to keep their feet on the footrest so they wouldn't have to reshine their boots if my water broke! My friend's water broke naturally with both of her kids. When she had the older one, it happened while she was shaving her legs, and she said at first she thought she was peeing because it happened right as she coughed. But since it didn't go away, she realized it was her water breaking.
• United States
3 Aug 07
I was induced a month early due to severe pre-eclampsia. They started me on Cervadil the night before I was scheduled to go on Pitocin, and not only did I go into labor before they started Pit but my water broke on it's own. Secretly I was so happy that I was in a hospital bed when it happened...I was terrified that my water would break while I was at work! lol
@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
16 Jul 07
I went into labor four times. Only once did my water break first, at home. The other three times, the water was broken artificially by the doctor at the hospital. (In fact, during one birth I was already 10 cm dilated and at the pushing stage, and my water had never broken even up to that point, and I was leery about pushing against it, so the doctor broke it only because I wanted her to.)