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What happened first: contractions beginning, or water breaking?

  • poll: How did labour start?
    Water broke, then contractions : (29 votes)
    31 %
    Contractions began, then water broke : (60 votes)
    65 %
    Everything in between! : (4 votes)
    4 %
  1. Mrs. Cookie

    blogger / persimmon / 1225 posts

    Contractions started both times at 39 weeks and 39 and 2. Water had to be broken both times as well!

  2. youboots

    honeydew / 7622 posts

    Neither I was induced. But for me it was contractions, water breaking naturally then lots of pain 😬.

  3. Bubbles

    persimmon / 1328 posts

    First time my water broke and contractions never happened, had to be induced. Second time contractions started on their own and water didn't break until they did it manually in the hospital so they could attach a heart monitor to DS head

  4. Mrs D

    grapefruit / 4545 posts

    DD1: Contractions began at 1am, water was broken at hospital at 8cm around 11am - baby born at 1:20pm.

    DD2: Induced. Started 9am, Water broken at 2:30pm (5cm), baby born at 3:45pm.

  5. LAZB

    pomegranate / 3904 posts

    Water broke first both times. My doctor says it's only a 20% chance that it will happen again, but she would bet that it's going to happen to me the same way this time

  6. alphagam84

    persimmon / 1095 posts

    My water broke by starting to slowly leak out then an hour or so later there were 2 HUGE gushes. I had no clue it'd be that much! Then contractions started another hour or so later. I was scheduled for an induction the next day!

  7. KayKay

    pear / 1961 posts

    They had to break my water at the hospital both times -- with DD2, I was already at 10cm and ready to push!

  8. Tidybee

    nectarine / 2834 posts

    Both times- my water broke during a middle of the night bathroom break. On my due date. Contractions followed shortly after.

  9. jaguar

    pomegranate / 3764 posts

    I reckon my bag of waters is made from steel. They have been bulging badly since 29 weeks - and my OB is amazed that with the short/open cervix and the weight of a heavy baby pressing down, they are holding steady!

  10. pregnantbee

    grapefruit / 4717 posts

    Contractions first both times. For DS, water didn't break until one of my pushes. For DD, I felt a trickle of water as we were leaving for the hospital. Then had a gush when I stepped out of the car at the hospital.

  11. pastemoo

    cantaloupe / 6146 posts

    @jaguar: DS water broke first, labor started super slow, c-section
    DD water broke when i was at 10cm and already pushing. vbac.


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