Sorry to be starting another post on this topic but the water breaking vs contractions poll is freaking me out a little. Everything I've heard/read up until now says that it's really unlikely that water will break first and that it wont gush and be a big surprise like in the movies but the responses to the poll seem to tell a different story than most of my research.
I have been planning to work as long as possible figuring that if I start feeling contractions I'll just go home in case it's real labor. Everyone says labor takes a long time, especially for FTMs so I should have plenty of time to call DH, go home, regroup and head to the hospital but now I'm not so sure. I work over and hour away from my hospital and my mom had me within 3 hours of starting labor (or at least recognizing labor) so I was already a little bit worried but now I'm really getting anxious about it. I really don't want my water to break at work! My boss is worried about this as well (Which doesn't help AT ALL!) I think she's a little squeamish about pregnancy.
So if your water did break before contractions started did you have any warning at all? Everyone keeps saying the felt/heard a pop immediately beforehand but were there any earlier signs? Also, how soon afterwards did you give birth and were you capable of driving yourself home/to the hospital?