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Did you water break on its own?

  • poll: Did your water break on its own?
    Yes, it broke before contractions started : (55 votes)
    35 %
    Yes, after labor started : (32 votes)
    21 %
    My provider broke it for me : (63 votes)
    41 %
    Never broke, never went into labor : (3 votes)
    2 %
    Never broke, born en caul : (2 votes)
    1 %
  1. theotherstark

    pomegranate / 3010 posts

    With my first, I was induced, and water broke while I was pushing.

    With my second, I had just gotten to the hospital. I stood up off the chair they wheeled me up from the ER in, to work through a contraction, and my water broke. I got on the bed, and my son was born one push later

  2. Kemma

    grapefruit / 4119 posts

    Baby #1: Water broke and labour started immediately, Baby arrived after 36ish hours

    Baby #2: Labouring for eight or so hours then waters broken by midwife and Baby arrived in two-ish hours

    Baby #3: Waters broke at 0330 on Friday and labour didn’t commence until midnight, Baby arrived at 0500.

  3. GoGoSnoGirl

    pear / 1545 posts

    Mine broke at 4am & I sat bolt upright in bed knowing exactly what just happened! I shuffled to the bathroom & fortunately didn't gush until on the toilet. Contractions started within an hour or two of my water breaking, but my labor slowed & baby didn't arrive until 23.5 hrs after my water broke.

  4. bhbee

    grapefruit / 4259 posts

    @theotherstark: wow!!

  5. cnidaria

    cherry / 128 posts

    My water broke first, but it wasn't terribly obvious. There was no gush, just a slow leak. Contractions started an hour and a half later.

  6. threeplusme

    cherry / 228 posts

    With my twins my water for twin a before labor. I delivered him and then during contractions my water broke for baby b. With my singleton i had a very fast labor and was contracting and my water broke and moments later she was born.

  7. peaches1038

    pear / 1794 posts

    My water started leaking before my contractions started and then my midwife finished the job right before I started pushing

  8. FannyMae

    persimmon / 1461 posts

    Both of my labours started with my waters breaking on their own. LO1 broke while doing light tidying, several small gushes, contractions started 12 hours later, put on the drip 24 hrs from waters breaking. LO2 water broke getting up from the couch, lots of small gushes, no contractions other than twinges, put on the drip 24 hrs later again.

  9. lindseykaye

    pear / 1554 posts

    I had an unmedicated birth and my midwife offered me the option at one point, "I can break your waters and things will move more quickly, but there will also be increased pressure, or we can leave things as is and you'll have the cushion but might go more slowly". I distinctly remember saying "They both sound bad!" hahaha. She let it be in the end and my water broke on its own during pushing, about a half hour before my daughter was born.

  10. alphagam84

    persimmon / 1059 posts

    My water broke at home the night before I was going to be induced. I couldn't believe how much came out! My contractions started about two hours later.

  11. Alba4

    nectarine / 2872 posts

    My water was broken by doctors both times I gave birth. I had swift labors both times, but contractions got significantly more intense once it was broken!

  12. turquoisemama

    persimmon / 1437 posts

    Yes, both times it broke pretty early on.

  13. bhbee

    grapefruit / 4259 posts

    This is pretty interesting how many people really did have it break as a first sign of labor! That’s quite a way to start!

  14. MrsB2012

    nectarine / 2466 posts

    For my first it broke at home
    My second they broke
    My third it broke at home, but they broke it again at the hospital ( they said it probably broke at the top at home)

  15. mamabolt

    nectarine / 2726 posts

    First baby, midwife broke it at 9 cm to get baby to move down more. Second baby it broke on its own as I got out of the car at hospital, baby was born 9 min later.

  16. littleblessings

    pear / 1738 posts

    LO1 I was in early labor when it broke.
    LO2 it broke before contractions even started.
    LO3 I was in labor and my provider broke it.

  17. Pollywog

    clementine / 902 posts

    I have gone into labor twice on my own. The first time it broke on it's own to start labor. The second time it broke at 7 CM as the midwife was getting ready to break it.

  18. lamariniere

    pineapple / 12431 posts

    With both of my LOs my water broke spontaneously (with a gush!) before I had any contractions.

  19. mrsrain

    nectarine / 2079 posts

    Water broke spontaneously during labor with both of my babies.

    With my first I was well into labor when my water broke.
    With my second I was induced using prostaglandins. I had one contraction, my water broke, and then my body took over with contractions.

  20. jhd

    honeydew / 7674 posts

    LO1 broke spontaneously and then contractions started
    LO2 we had a scheduled csection

  21. maddyz

    persimmon / 1221 posts

    I had both my babies at home with midwives. LO1 water broke before labour started. LO2 water broke 10 minutes before he was born, right before I started to push and I still had pants on.... things moved kinda quickly.

  22. winniebee

    hostess / wonderful grape / 20803 posts

    Different for every birth

    1 - broke spontaneously during active labor (during contractions, in hospital...but then one pocket remained and they broke it for me)
    2 - induction, so they broke waters for me
    3 - preterm birth/loss, broke spontaneously during labor
    4 - broke spontaneously during active labor (during contractions, in hospital)


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