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Water broke and contractions stopped Mom2William&Michael 2 kids; 1 angel baby; New York 7600 posts
2nd Dec '12

So my water broke during my nap last afternoon. I actually went to sleep for said nap kind of bummed because the contractions I had been having for more than a week more or less stopped.
Well, they've just continued to diminish. They're stronger but extremely spaced out and irregular. My midwife wants to start Picotin in a few hours and even though I didn't want any drugs I'll probably agree since my son was born with a fever that likely was caused by being in too long after my water broke.
I really suck at this giving birth stuff. :(

Lindie (blissed out) 2 kids; Australia 12462 posts
2nd Dec '12

Regardless of pitocin or not, you can still have a healing and spiritual birth. Make it your own! Take what you need to make the birth suite a nice environment, dress in some of your comfiest clothes, have a loving support with you and nice music.



I had to be induced 30 hours after my water broke with my son. I was upset but I still had the birth I (more or less) wanted.



Good luck and all the best.

Mom2William&Michael 2 kids; 1 angel baby; New York 7600 posts
2nd Dec '12
Quoting Lindie (40+3):" Regardless of pitocin or not, you can still have a healing and spiritual birth. Make it your own! Take ... [snip!] ... after my water broke with my son. I was upset but I still had the birth I (more or less) wanted. Good luck and all the best. "


I hope you're right. I really don't want to get an epidural again and it seems like everyone gets one after starting picotin. Ugh.

Mother of amazing kids 3 kids; Arizona 257 posts
2nd Dec '12

I didbt the same thing with my girls I was having contractions all the way up to the point my water broke, once it broke everything stopped. It sucked I had to be put on pitocin each time but they waited about 3 to 4 hours to see if the contractions would start back up themselves but they never did. I wouldn't be to worried the baby is suppost to be born within 24 hours of the water braking so the baby don't get an infection. I was born 36 hours or longer after my moms water broke and had to be in the nicu for two weeks.



As for the epidural you can always try not to get it but being on pitocin it does hurt so much more. But do your best you can do it. Good luck.

Lindie (blissed out) 2 kids; Australia 12462 posts
2nd Dec '12
Quoting Mama to William + 1:" I hope you're right. I really don't want to get an epidural again and it seems like everyone gets one after starting picotin. Ugh."


I didn't and my son was posterior too! It was really tough plus I'm a wimp, so if I can do it - you can too.



Make sure you let all the midwives know to not offer any pain relief and if you ask for any for them to provide you with alternatives and support before acquiescing to your request .



e.g. You say "I want an epidural!" they say "Move position, take a shower, let's try counter pressure, you're doing great, baby will be here soon" etc. etc.

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
2nd Dec '12

I just wanted to say the 24 hr rule on water breaking is not standard - that is a US rule. It would be best to not check dilation - THAT is where bacteria gets introduced - but sticking things (hands) into the vagina after the water breaks.



You may like to read this: http://doulamomma.wordpress.com/2009/07/22/when-your-water-breaks-before-labor-begins/



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When the water breaks before the onset of labor this is called premature rupture of membranes (PROM). PROM occurs in 8-10% of term (37 weeks+) pregnancies. Of those, 90% will begin labor within 48 hours. Unless you or your baby is in some kind of danger or you are showing signs of infection, there is no reason to speed up this process. Many mainstream pregnancy books and most OB

elle* mummy of 3!! 3 kids; Australia 248 posts
2nd Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mama to William + 1:</b>" I hope you're right. I really don't want to get an epidural again and it seems like everyone gets one after starting picotin. Ugh."</blockquote>




I had the same as you for 2 out of my 3 labours and had to had pitocin but I never had an epidural! :)

TRISHA =] 2 kids; California 3368 posts
2nd Dec '12
Quoting Mama to William + 1:" So my water broke during my nap last afternoon. I actually went to sleep for said nap kind of bummed ... [snip!] ... with a fever that likely was caused by being in too long after my water broke. I really suck at this giving birth stuff. :("


good luck sweeit.e it sucks to not beable to follow your plan, but sometimes we gotta make changes for our babies :)