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synesthesia1821 - October 25

question: dont want to post like 86 million different questions on the main board, but im sorry, has to be done. lol. __________________________________________ question #1 if your water breaks, how long do you have till you have the baby? like is it safe to wait until that happens or until you have bloody show to head towards the hospital? and LASTLY, [lol] __________________________________________ Question #2-once you start dilating, how long do you have till you give birth... i mean, im 37 weeks and 1 day, i was 1 cm dilated at last check and almost completely effaced. surely to god it cant be that long RIGHT!?! sorry for so many questions, just full of em today.


babyfever2006 - October 25

Syneshesia, I'm not an expert but I can only share my own experience.....This last Friday my water broke at 32 weeks! I went to the hospital and I have been here ever since. Still no baby. A few contractions, no dilation. Everyone keeps saying to me that they thought once your water broke, you immediately go into labor! That's what I thought until this happened to me. However, the doctor tells me that if you don't go into labor immediately after your water breaks, you will most likely go into labor no more than a week later.


Tory1980 - October 25

Okay - if waters go you go straight to hospital and note the colour. Brown, green or blood tinged it is a sign baby is in distress. They should be clear. Usually once they go Doctors (well here in N.I) won't let you go any longer than 72 hours before inducing the labour or sectioning you. If there is no sign of labour after a few hours and you want to wait they may put up IV antibiotics anyway as a precaution. If you have a bloody show you can call the hospital and see what they say. They may want you to hold off until you are having regular contractions or they may ask you to go straight in. As a rule the average woman dilates 1cm per hour but this is not always the case - it could take longer or can be relatively quick. A lot depends on each womans body and how it handles the labour. If you are ahving regular contractions then you may need to go in anyway as you don;t always have to have a show or your waters go for you to be in active labour.


synesthesia1821 - October 25

well that's what i thought too tory, [thanks btw to both of you ladies] but ive been having regular contractions that do NOTHING but hurt like hell for the past 3 days. i keep going into false labor.


meg - October 25

My water broke around 2:30am & my ds was born just after 12pm. I think once my water broke I dialated about 2 cm an hour...i went pretty quickly! Good luck!


Happymommy - October 25

Hi--like these ladies said you should go to the hospital asap if your water breaks. One of the reasons is that the umbilical cord could pa__s into the birth ca___l and that can cause a medical emergency. It doesn't happen often though, so don't worry, but it is important to go to the hospital to check it out. Congratulations-sounds like you'll be holding your lo soon! Wishing you a happy and uneventful labor!


DaBonkElsMe - October 25

My SIL was 2 cm dialted for 8 days - then she went into labor and she dialated very quickly, about 6 hours later the baby was born. My friend, however was 1 cm for two weeks and then when she finally went into labor, she did not fully dialte for over 24 hours, eventually they had to give her stuff to try to help it move faster, but she ended up with a c-section in the end. For both of them, their water never broke, they both had it broked by the doctor during labor. Good luck to you, my doctor said i could take tylenol for painful contractions, maybe you should find out if you could take something, it couldn't hurt!


synesthesia1821 - October 25

yeah, tylenol doesn't help, already tried.


DDT - October 25

1. They won't let you go longer than 72hrs once your water breaks. Usually you will start labouring yourself before that. I had my bloody show and then on the way to the hospital my waters broke. That's when the contractions became painful. 2. Every woman is different so its hard to say how long you will labour for. Be prepared for a long labour if its your first. My labour was 19hrs from start to end with my first.


DDT - October 25

*sorry 48hrs (not 72hrs)...bad day! =(


synesthesia1821 - October 25

yeah, but i meant how long till you start active labor? not how long till they c section you if you dont get the baby out.


Happymommy - October 25

With both of my first my water broke and I had strong contractions within about 1/2 hour and I was fully dilated within about 3 hours--but that was me and I imagine it is very different for everyone. I have heard the statement that there is no "normal" pregnancy or "normal" labor so I think it is hard to answer because there is not a hard and fast rule.


DDT - October 25

When you start active labour is once again different for every woman. You can labour for as long as it takes as long as baby is not in distress or breech/transverse. And if you are not having low/high BP problems. Once any of these poses a problem for you to v____ally give birth they will opt for an emergency c-section.


Brendansmom - October 25

It's different for everyone. My water broke and I never went into active labor. After 17 hours I was still at 3cm so I ended up with a c-section. You just have to see how it goes. My dr told me they wouldn't let me go more than 24 hours from the time my water broke.


Tory1980 - October 26

Oh and synesthesia to make you feel a little better you aren;t in 'false labour' you are in 'prodromal labour' or early labour. Try and relax and rest as much as possible as you could find things may change and move very quickly if you have been having regular contractions. I was like that with my second baby but once my waters went at 4cms I contracted to 10 and delivered him in under and hour. It went very fast and was a whole lot scary! LOL!


synesthesia1821 - October 26




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