What Determines When Your Water Breaks

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Jenn2 - June 1

in terms of how dilated you are when it happens? I have heard of women's waters breaking when they are only 1 or 2 cm dilated, and then some womens waters do not break until they are 6 or 7+ cm? Does anyone know anything about that?

 

Deb - June 1

I think it just depends on the person. I don't think your water breaking has anything to do with dilation, because there are people who are dilated and have to have the doctor break their water. I think it is just a random thing.

 

iakram - June 1

that's a good question i wonder that as well...with my son my water did not break...the dr's had to break it themselves...i was pretty far along in terms of labour at that point.

 

Steph - June 1

Your water breaking does not have anything to do with dialation or effacement. It has to do with the membranes being thinner and thinner as pregnancy goes on and normally a contraction is what will cause your water to break. :o)

 

Jenn2 - June 1

thanks ladies for you responses. One thing that inerested me in that is.....I have heard that before your water breaks contractions are not as bad, but once your water breaks....you can feel it a little more. If thats the truth.....I hope my water does not break until I am very dialated.

 

Steph - June 1

I lost my plug, then my water broke, and then the contractions came on strong and hard. Apparenlty I was in the first stage of labor all morning and didn't know it. I suppose I a__sumed that I was having braxton hicks contactions, but they in fact were the real thing.

 

junemommytobe - June 1

Jenn2, I just delivered my daughter this past Saturday so I will tell you what happen to me. My water broke at 4:30 a.m. and I felt okay until an hour later when I started cramping really bad. I did not gush out water,,,,enough to know I broke my water and it continued until I got to the hospital. I was 4 cm dialated when they checked me at the hospital and they did an exam to make sure my water broke for sure. I think people sometimes think there water broke and it has not. My contractions started around 7:00 a.m. and they were getting quite painful as they were getting closer.

 

krista-lee - June 1

Steph is right, it has to do with the thinning of the amniotic sac : )

 

tlew - June 2

Jenn2 my water broke and I was only 1 cm dialated. I didn't feel any hard contractions at all just felt like bh. I ended up with a c-section. Everyone is different.

 

falafal0 - June 2

I agree wtih Deb, thefirst person to post, I too think it's a random thing as well with each pregnancy. This is my fourth - with my first, I was having hard contractions for almost three hours until I had to break my waters in the midde of a contraction - it seemed very hard to do! I'd had a show awhile before with my waters intact. With my second baby,my waters had to be broken about two hours into the labour at the hopsital when I was 9 cm dialated - he was born 20 minutes later. But with my third baby, immediate contractions, waters broke by themselves much to my surprise, and she was born about 10 mintues later in the car...(45 min birth) so itis different all around. I'm a bit nervous about this labour to say the least! :-)

 

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