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What came for you first?? Did your water break first or did your contractions start first?? If you have no children yet please don't answer.


  • DS: Water broke first (statistically this only happens in 1 out of 10 deliveries)
    DD: Labor started and water broke after I hit 7 cm
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  • Contractions started, water broke about an hour later (about 3 hours before DS was born)
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  • With both of mine, my MW broke the bag right before crowning.  So both times I pushed and it stayed intact.  I've heard things feel more intense once your water breaks, so it makes me wonder if my births would have been a lot harder had my water broken earlier.  It will be interesting to see what happens next time.
  • Contractions, water broke when pushing
  • Water broke. Conteactions started and were reg 10 min after.

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  • My contractions started way before my water broke.
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  • Contractions....water never broke on its own.

  • Contractions.  Doctor broke my water when I was dilated to around an 8, I believe.
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  • My water broke first. Didnt even see it coming.
  • I seriously thought this was a question of....
    "The chicken or the egg" lol!!!

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    DS born 7/28/14


  • DD1: Contractions, active labor, waters broke a little over 48 house later
    DD2: Induction, contractions, Dr. broke my bag of waters
  • Small rupture and slow leak, then contractions, then pushing caused the complete break.
  • Contractions, then 2.5 hrs later water broke on its own.
  • contractions for 4 hours then Dr. broke water.
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    3/4/13 measuring right on track beautiful heartbeat 171 bpm, graduated from RE to OB... bittersweet.
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  • Water broke first, and in the middle of the night..  I had only felt two contractions, not at regular intervals, the previous evening.
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  • With my son mild, contractions for about an hour then my water broke, then my contractions got waaaayyyy worse! With our daughter (2 weeks ago) contractions came, got really strong, I dialated to 7 cm, and the dr had to break my water.
  • Water broke while at work (big gush, pretty embarrassing). I never started having contractions on my own, had to start pitocin after 12 hours of water breaking.
  • Water broke when pushing, so contractions came first
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  • Water broken then contractions after walking a few hours.
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  • wow! thanks everyone. I had a friend this weekend whose water broke at 2am and didn't have the baby until 18 hours later. poor girl! I cant wait to see what happens with me. it would be a neat experience to have my water break on its own though! as long as im not in the grocery store.. or at church haha!
  • Yes, it's true most of the time contractions begin first.  They did for me the first two times, but the last time was a small rupture with a slow leak at 5am.  Then midwife broke water when I was ready to push around 3:30 :)

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  • I had contractions for two days straight before I went to the hospital! They were not getting closer together, so the nurses insisted it was "false" labor. By the time I finally went to the hospital I was 5 cm dilated and delivered a baby four hours later. My water never broke on it's own- doctor broke it after epidural. 
  • AllieOliverAllieOliver member
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    edited October 2013
    My water broke first! The day before they had told me I was only 1 cm dilated! It was completely unexpected.
  • Water broke, no contractions
  • My water broke first. It was morning and I was laying in bed. I felt a pop and got up and ran to the toilet. It gushed out, lots of it! Contractions started about an hour later.
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  • Contractions came first. Woke up with them and had a baby 7 1/2 hours later
  • My contractions came first.  They had to break my water in the hospital.  They started on a Monday night and I had him that Wednesday morning.

  • My water broke in the middle if the night. Contractions started a few hours later. DD was born 25 hours after water breaking.
  • I was induced so my contractions came first then a couple hours later the doctor broke my water.
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