My stupid question of the day...

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My stupid question of the day...

So when I had DS, my water broke around 10 am, and I had fast and furious contractions and 13 hours later I had him. So pretty straight forward.

I read somewhere that only 20-25% of women's water breaks. So, that means a majority of women go "into labor" with just contractions and whatnot and not a tell tell sign like water breaking. If that is the case, when do you actually say you "started labor?" How would you count the number of hours you are in labor if you don't have your water broken or a sweep or something else to start the process?

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I actually had heard before that the number was lower...like less than 10%.

My OB said I was in labor after the 5-1-1 rule...now if I could only remember what that meant. LOL Contractions coming every 5 minutes, lasting for a minute and for more than an hour...I think that's it. Basically when DH called him and the OB heard me screaming in pain and then silent while contracting he said I was in labor. He said if you can walk/talk during a contraction then it wasn't true labor yet.

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I would say it starts when the contractions get to the point where you know you are going to the hospital, but idk.

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With DS1, I started having contractions after dinner on Thursday night-- around 7 pm. I thought I just had an upset stomach. After a bit, I realized they were contractions and started timing them, and I saw the bloody show as well. I don't have all my times down, but I want to say around 11:30 we actually made the drive to the birth center, and arrived around 1 am. I labored in the tub for a while, and had been there for a few hours before my water actually broke--- while I was in the tub. DS1 was born around 5 am.

So I guess when you "go into labor" depends on your definition of what constitutes labor. Blum 3 Although I'm sure there's a formal medical definition for it, for me, when I think about it, it's when the birthing process really kicks into gear. 6 pm, I'm eating dinner normally like any other day. Not in labor. 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm, contractions and bloody show-- that counts, and anyone who tells me I'm "not in labor" because my contractions haven't reached a particular strength yet is going to get booted out into a cold, cold, cold December night. Smile

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Yeah, I have also heard low numbers for women whose water breaks, but it did happen that way for most people I know! Here's my question: if your water breaks, how do you get to the hospital?

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"triplespiral" wrote:

Here's my question: if your water breaks, how do you get to the hospital?

When my water broke, it wasn't a "trickle" like they told me it would be. I felt a gush and went to the bathroom and was like holy cow! this is it! I had to have my MIL drive me to the hospital, which is about 30 mins away. On the way there I soaked 2 sets of pants and my car seat, and still had to go sit on the toilet for a while once I finally got admitted. This went on for a while... Next time I will have lots of towels...

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*LURKER*

I was in labor for a total of 10 hours and they broke my water for me 4 minutes before she was born. My contractions were 2-3 minutes apart from the start to the time of delivery so I started counting from the moment I felt them.

My water broke with DS. Sounds crazy, but it was broken for 2 days before contractions started. I was only in active labor for 5 hours so I always say it was only 5 hours from the time I felt my first contraction.

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My half-sister is the only person I know of that had her water break. Actually it was just a very slight trickle at home and once she got to the hospital they ruptured the membranes all the way. For me and my sisters all of us had our waters broken in the hospital.

This is a very good question because my labor with Brynna was induced so I have this fear of not knowing when I am in labor. I am hoping to avoid induction this time and go into labor on my own.

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My water didn't break either. I woke up at 4:00 am with contractions 3 minutes apart that never stopped. He was born at 4pm that afternoon, so I count it as a 12 hour labor. They broke my water just before he crowned. They said I was the second person that week that would have delivered with their water intact.... although I'm not even sure how that's possible?

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"Carolyn85" wrote:

My water didn't break either. I woke up at 4:00 am with contractions 3 minutes apart that never stopped. He was born at 4pm that afternoon, so I count it as a 12 hour labor. They broke my water just before he crowned. They said I was the second person that week that would have delivered with their water intact.... although I'm not even sure how that's possible?

I was watching "Baby's First Day" on TLC and they had a woman deliver her baby with the water sac intact. It was so odd. They said it's very rare.

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"jac81" wrote:

*LURKER*

I was in labor for a total of 10 hours and they broke my water for me 4 minutes before she was born. My contractions were 2-3 minutes apart from the start to the time of delivery so I started counting from the moment I felt them.

I had mine broken too and they had to break it a few times....that's when the term "bagS of water" finally made sense to me. It was a huge gush. And I've always wondered too how you would get to the hospital and not ruin your car seat.

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"Jenn0113" wrote:

I had mine broken too and they had to break it a few times....that's when the term "bagS of water" finally made sense to me. It was a huge gush. And I've always wondered too how you would get to the hospital and not ruin your car seat.

It took them a couple of times to break mine too. I was dilated to 9 3/4 CM, the resident broke my water, and she just slipped out 4 minutes later! Doctor never even made it to delivery. LOL!! They said that I had a really tough sac which I thought was ironic since mine with DS prematurely ruptured at 34 weeks!

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"_Jessicah_" wrote:

I was watching "Baby's First Day" on TLC and they had a woman deliver her baby with the water sac intact. It was so odd. They said it's very rare.

I grew up raising sheep, and our ewes delivered their lambs with their water intact all the time. I wonder why people are any different!

They offered to break my water numerous times, but I kept refusing. I knew it would make the contractions worse and I just didn't think I could handle even a .0005% increase in pain lol.

ETA: i just found this cool website on the purpose of the amniotic sac! I had never given it much thought.
http://midwifethinking.com/2010/08/20/in-defence-of-the-amniotic-sac/

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"Carolyn85" wrote:

ETA: i just found this cool website on the purpose of the amniotic sac! I had never given it much thought.
http://midwifethinking.com/2010/08/20/in-defence-of-the-amniotic-sac/

I liked that post! Is the last picture a placenta? I can't even imagine my LO being in that right now. So interesting!

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This is turning into a very interesting thread, so maybe it wasn't such a stupid question afterall...

I'm not sure I can watch that video Carolyn. I took a peek and ran away with my tail under my legs haha. Neither my husband or I want to watch the birth or cut the cord either! I just can't handle that.

I sure hope mine just breaks on its own again, but I guess we will just see how it all plays out! I was asking as my friend is going on 72 hours of contractions 10-15 minutes apart. I'm like wow, so do you say you are in labor for 72 hours now? Or do you wait for the 5-1-1 like Jenn mentioned? I feel for her. Sure hope that baby makes an appearance today! She is a week and a half overdue as it is...

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My labor I say was 53 hours start to finish but not with the 5-1-1 rule. However, even with pitocin my contractions weren't 5-1-1. I would have a few on top of each other and then go 10-20 minutes without one and then the next one would be 10 minutes long straight through. So I could from the first one to me holding him.

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I'm not sure. I don't even know when doctors consider labor to actually start. I'm under the impression my doctors count from when you arrive at hospital. **shrugs** if that's the case i have short labors. But If I count from beginning of what I know are reall contractions then my labors are average 9-12 hours.

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"triplespiral" wrote:

Yeah, I have also heard low numbers for women whose water breaks, but it did happen that way for most people I know! Here's my question: if your water breaks, how do you get to the hospital?

Quite a few of my friends (and myself) all had their water break with their first child. I remember specifically asking my dr. at my 37 week appt if I could drive myself to the hospital if my water broke (my job was 20 minutes away from the hospital)....and he said, and I quote, "Oh yeah, you can drive yourself, but that's most likely not going to happen." Fast forward 2 days and my water broke at work at 4 p.m. on a Friday afternoon (a gush of fluid). Everyone had already gone home except the janitor lady so yep, I drove myself to the hospital (I wasn't having any contractions that I could feel). Amazingly I got no fluid on the car seat....I think the baby was positioned in a way so it didn't come out all at first... but once I got out of the car and walked into the ER, it started coming and I looked like I had wet my pants. Blum 3 Fun times.

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"I'm_a_pepper" wrote:

Quite a few of my friends (and myself) all had their water break with their first child. I remember specifically asking my dr. at my 37 week appt if I could drive myself to the hospital if my water broke (my job was 20 minutes away from the hospital)....and he said, and I quote, "Oh yeah, you can drive yourself, but that's most likely not going to happen." Fast forward 2 days and my water broke at work at 4 p.m. on a Friday afternoon (a gush of fluid). Everyone had already gone home except the janitor lady so yep, I drove myself to the hospital (I wasn't having any contractions that I could feel). Amazingly I got no fluid on the car seat....I think the baby was positioned in a way so it didn't come out all at first... but once I got out of the car and walked into the ER, it started coming and I looked like I had wet my pants. Blum 3 Fun times.

My water breaking at work is quite possibly my worst nightmare...lol Although logistically it would be the best scenario since I work 2 minutes from the hospital I will deliver in but I live almost 50 minutes away from it. They have been "fighting" at work over who gets to drive me to the hospital if I go into labor while I am here.

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"I'm_a_pepper" wrote:

but once I got out of the car and walked into the ER, it started coming and I looked like I had wet my pants. Blum 3 Fun times.

Oh, yes... me too.

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"_Jessicah_" wrote:

My water breaking at work is quite possibly my worst nightmare...lol Although logistically it would be the best scenario since I work 2 minutes from the hospital I will deliver in but I live almost 50 minutes away from it. They have been "fighting" at work over who gets to drive me to the hospital if I go into labor while I am here.

Same here...I would be so embarrassed. Besides, it would take me 20 minutes to close down shop, get my carpoolers together, get DS out of class and get to the car and then head 45 minutes to the hospital.

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My water has never broken on it's own. All three times they did it for me in the hospital. I only went into labor on my own with my first baby, and the contractions were about 4-5 minutes apart when labor really started. My OB uses the same rule, that if I don't get my kick counts in two hours or I start having contractions every 4-5 minutes to go straight to the hospital. I sometimes get the feeling she doesn't want to be bothered with a phone call lol...

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I've only had my water break on it's own one time. I was already in transition and had an epidural in. Biggrin

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