Water breaking before contractions?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Did your water break before your contractions started?
    Yes - water broke first : (17 votes)
    49 %
    No - contractions started first : (18 votes)
    51 %
  • Post # 3
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    631 posts
    Busy bee

    My waters broke 13 days before my son was due and I had no contractions. Once at hospital I had mild period type pains but no contractions still!  Once born as born I couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about!!!

    Post # 4
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    1208 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2004

    My water broke on my due date at 5Pm.  No contractions until 11:30Pm.  

    Post # 5
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    6510 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I can’t speak for myself as I haven’t had a child yet but the only friends that I have that had kids had their water break a few hours before contractions. It certainly wasn’t like the movies where the water breaking meant they had to get to the hospital immediately (they stayed at home for a bit before the contractions were close enough together) but the water did break on the same day as the delivery.

    Post # 6
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    484 posts
    Helper bee

    This is funny because I’m so used to seeing this happen in movies that I thought for sure everyone experiences this first. But my water didn’t break, my Dr had to break it. Started with strong contractions.

     

    Post # 7
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    83 posts
    Worker bee

    My water broke 11 days before my due date. I wasn’t expecting it since I had no other labor signs whatsoever. It wasn’t a slow trickle either.. It was just like the movies.

     

    Post # 8
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    1613 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    It’s true that it happens to about 10% of women, sometimes a constant trickle and sometimes a huge gush like in the movies.  By way of experience (not a literature review), I’d say that it happens more often when a woman is GBS positive or if she has some kind of local infection at the time (eg. yeast, STI’s, chorioamnionitis).

    Post # 9
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    330 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    With DS my contractions started first and they had to break my water in the hospital. 

    Post # 10
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    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I had mild contractions before and I wasn’t sure if they were actual labor or just more Braxton hicks.  My water broke (just like the movies in a huge gush) and the painful contractions started about 2 hours later after we got to the hospital.

    Post # 11
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    257 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My water didn’t break until I started pushing. 

    Post # 12
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    3677 posts
    Sugar bee

    The movies portray it like that for dramatic effect, and I think there’s probably a perceptual bias in how women talk about it for the same reason: when a woman’s water breaks early and/or in a gush, it becomes a dramatic part of the story and gets a lot of emphasis in the retelling. When the water breaking is less of a big deal than other aspects of the story (because it happens after contractions are underway/in a slow trickle/etc.), it probably gets de-emphasized or not even mentioned, or maybe just more easily forgotten.

    Post # 13
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    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    My Mom had her water break pre-contractions with all 4 of us!

    With my brother, she made dinner and it broke on the kitchen floor! We even had guests over… Hilarious!

    So now my family is placing bets on how my water will break… High, low, or by the doctor!

    Post # 14
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    1305 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Contractions started at 3 AM, water broke at 8:15 AM, DD was born 30 minutes later.

    Post # 15
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    31 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Water broke at 2am and I didn’t feel a real contraction until around 6:30am.  Went from absolutely nothing to full-on painful contractions.  (Though I had pretty consistent contractions starting at week 20, so it’s possible I was just immune to them by that point, until they got really strong.) Was fully dilated by noon and had a c-section at 5:23pm.

    And my water breaking was definitely like the movies – huge gush, giant puddle on the floor.  There would have been NO hiding that if it happened in public!

     

    Post # 16
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    3756 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    My SIL’s water broke 3.5 weeks prior to her due date. She had no contractions. She was admitted and monitored until she progressed naturally, she didn’t start having contractions for like 24 hours.

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