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?
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.
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. 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.
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.
DS - Stephen 7/5/06 (born 6 weeks early)
DD - Sophia 9/16/11 (born at 37 weeks, 6 days)
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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.
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?
Baby #3 due July 6 2013