that labor is more intense if your water has broken? What about that it goes faster?
With my first I had SROM then was induced and the contractions hurt like the blazes. I went from 1-10cm in 5 hours. With my second I had AROM at 7cm. Until then the contractions had been pretty tolerable except when they had me lie down (I wanted all fours). After AROM the OB wanted me lying on my side and the contractions from then through birth were terrible. But, I have no idea if it was the position or that my water had been broken. It took me 6 hours to go from 2-7cm then maybe 20m (after AROM) to go from 7-10cm.
This time I have a MW and they'll avoid AROM and let me choose my position through out. I'm a little nervous about what to expect if I have SROM again.
big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and again 30-37mo
baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
8.16.12 & 12.16.12
I have no idea what the difference in feeling is but from the stories I've read labor seems harder when the waters break. From experience I have no idea.
Tiff + Bobby 8/22/04
I don't really know either. My first I didn't know I was in labour til my water broke. When I was checked an hour later I was already 10cm, so I assume I was labouring before SROM, I just couldn't tell. Second, was also SROM to begin labour, but contrax didn't kick in til the next afternoon and when they did they SUCKED.
I have a feeling this theory is true. It makes sense. I'm sure some women don't notice a difference, but I know a lot who have.
My two labors that began with SROM were honestly....terribly, terribly painful. I'm also very, very slow to dilate, AND both times I needed to be induced because my waters had gone and labor did not start (once with Pit due to being GBS positive, once with castor oil after 24 hours and complete stoppage of labor). My labor where my water broke on its own at 8 cm was a relative breeze. It makes sense to me that the BOW would provide a bit of a cushion against the contractions.
I can't say if my labor was more intense with the AROM since when it happened for me I was also on pitocin, that for sure makes it more intense. When I had my 1st (AROM, pitocin) I could feel him moving down the birth canal and "knew" about where he was. With my 2nd my water had broken but she was blocking it from releasing and it worked as a cushion so I couldnt' feel where she was until she was crowning. I liked the 2nd much better, plus no pitocin
I totally believe that having the water intact as long as possible makes the contractions less painful. When I was induced with my first it took them 3 hours to break my water and those were a breeze and I dilated a cm an hour. After my doctor broke my water is when things got tough, the contractions were a lot more intense and baby didn't like it so much either. With DS2 my water broke as my body started pushing, when I was fully dilated and effaced, and the labor was so easy. Contractions were never painful just intense tightening. I hope that's how the rest of my labors go. lol.
For me, having waters intact was MUCH MUCH MUCH more tolerable than not. My waters didn't break until pushing with my last two babies.
I had SROM with my first-- later coupled with pit and it was horrid. The other three were a breeze while I was intact.
Research doesn't suggest that it shaves much time off of total labor. I think I read that maybe 15 minutes or something-- but it seemed nominal to me.
DD 8.03, DD 6.05, DS 3.07, DD 5.09, and DS arrived 6.17.12
I had my waters broken at 8cm with my first, and I didn't notice a distinct difference in pain or strength of contractions... it all just sorta sucked at that point :P With my second they broke my water right at the start of the pit drip, and well... its a special case so no difference since I had no contractions before and only had 3. With my last, my waters broke on their own which kicked off labor (something I'm told is rare) so I had no contractions before...
I'd say I'll let you know after this one, but you're likely to go before me! LOL
Adam and Eirinn
Ashleigh Jun 3 2000, Mackenzie Sept 21 2001, Jayde Jul 9 2006, and Liam Jun 9 2011
I had SROM at 5cm with all three children. With the first 2, labour continued as it had while they were intact and the contractions did not suddenly become more painful. With the 3rd I actually felt some relief when it happened (for like 2 minutes.. haha) and then he was born 20 minutes later, but I think he would have arrived soon whether the membranes ruptured or not.
So long story short, I don't think it made much difference for me.
DD - Nov/06, DS - Sept/08, DS - Mar/11