In reality, most women go into labour before their water breaks. I read that only 1 in 10 women will have their water break at the onset of labour. In fact, when I was pregnant with my first, this was the fact I told everyone. “It’s not like on television at all” I would say, “most women are already in labour, and often times it may be broken by the doctor”.
So, of course, I was that one whose water broke on its own.
I don’t have an exciting story to tell like my friend who was battling a door to door salesman when her water broke all over his feet at her doorstep. Or one of my colleagues, whose water broke at work and she insisted on finishing her work before driving to the hospital.
But, if you are pregnant I am sure you are curious so here goes.
With my first pregnancy I was overdue. In fact, I was so overdue I was set to be induced (which I didn’t want). Three days before the induction I was asleep on the couch (I slept on the couch for all my pregnancies because I couldn’t lie down) and I was awakened by something that felt like my baby had given me a sharp kick right down there (which is impossible since that’s where his head was). Then it was a pop and I was wet. I went to the washroom to see if I had wet myself, but it wasn’t urine. My water had broken. I then felt my first, very mild, contraction. This was at 9am. I was very relieved because I knew for sure I was in labour since I had no idea what a contraction would feel like.
At least I thought I was in labour.
I got ready, put make up on, washed my hair, set up the stroller and waited. and waited. Around 4pm I walked the dogs, ate, waited, nothing.
Finally around 8pm I called the hospital and asked what I should do. They told me to come down because my water broke and get checked out.
So we gathered everything and bussed it down. Long story short, after 12 hours I was only dilated 1 cm! They told us to go home and come back in the morning and they would help get things going. I was so disappointed as we went back home empty-handed. I was happy that we would be going back in the morning though, because the nurse told me that you can go for DAYS after your water breaks before you actually give birth. Yikes!
Long story short, about 36 hours after my water broke, with the help of some meds, I gave birth to my wonderful son.
With my second pregnancy I had to be induced because they don’t let twins go past 39 weeks. This time I had contractions first, for about 10-11 hours or so. Again, I was sleeping and I awoke to a pop, and sure enough my water broke. Except this time, there was about five times more liquid! I got out of bed to let the nurse change the sheets and there was literally a flood all over the floor.
It was another eight hours before I gave birth. But it was twins and I wasn’t finished.
Baby B was transverse so after delivering baby A we waited for her to turn and come down. Once she had done that, the doctor reached in with a little hook and broke her water. She was born about a half hour later. I don’t remember much more about that one since I had already delivered one baby and it was just a hot mess down there. LOL
It’s funny how looking back on something as small as your water breaking was actually something I was concerned about, but perspective is everything.
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