With ds1 my waters hadn't broken properly so ob broke them the following morning. I had them broken straight up with ds2 and ds3 at the start of induction. Labour progressed both times soon after waters were broken, was great compared to the long labour I had with ds1
I had an induction with my last 2 babies (due to medical reasons) - both tines i was 3cm dilated & 50% effaced when i went in, heaps of pre labour contraxtions & felt like i was ready to give birth any moment. The plan for induction was to break the waters, wait a few hours, &then start a drip. Both times breaking my waters did nothing - labour only started when the drip went in. If i had the choice, i would 100% wait for labour to start on its own. Unless youre overdue or have a medical issue, my natural (non induced) labour was soooooo much better. As soon as your waters are broken, youre on the clock, & its easy for the cascade of intervention to occur. I hated being in hospital trying to 'make' myself go into labour before they put in the drip. Id much rather have the chance to go into labour at home. But this is just me & my experience
Both my girls were posterior and heads slightly tilted so I had 3-4cm dilated for a couple of weeks.
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There's always exceptions. I recently worked with a woman who was left for 48hrs for labour to start after ARM. Her compromise was IV antibiotics. She went on to have a very easy 2 hour labour once her contractions began. This is not something that is usually done though.
I had a my waters broken to start labour with my fourth, a little bit different though as her head wasn't low so I had a small dose of gel the night before to start some cramps to push head down low enough so that breaking my waters wouldn't risk cord prolapse. Anyway, as soon as my waters were broken I had two reasonable contraction then it was game on and DD was born 25 minutes later.
My bub was 10 days late and as he was my second induction (both at 10 days late) they broke my waters instead of using the gels as the gels worked within 2 hours the first time around.
It was fine, I didn't feel a thing. Well nothing painful, I felt a **** load of waters come out and flood the bed, it was uncomfortable but nothing more. I then went for a walk around the outside of the hospital and my contractions started 20 minutes later.
With any induction, labour happened really quickly right from the get go. Long, painful and close together contractions about 15 minutes after contractions started for the entire labour. As soon as I got back to the room they called for the anaesthetist and had my epidural about 1/2 hour later. DS was born 3.5 hours after that.
In my case (2nd birth) DS had the cord wrapped around his neck which may have been the cause of not going into labour naturally.
Do you want to be induced this early? Or does your OB? Generally waiting until 10 days over can be best if you wait that long. Any more and it can increase your chances of complications.
It was completely my choice to have my waters broken. My ob is great and just gave me options with pros and cons for them. Like I said I'm quite impatient and have been over being pregnant for awhile now (I realise these are not strong reasons to be induced 😆). But I was 5cm dilated already, 2nd pregnancy, bub measuring big, so I thought lets do it!
My waters were broken at 8am this morning, I was monitored for 45mins, cheeky bub moved from LOA to ROP during this time and then DH and I went for a walk. Labour started at 10:30 with mild contractions for an hr then they intensified!! I used a tens machine and the gas and bub was born sunny side up (posterior) at 2:15!!! She is 4.2kg. My ob was amazing and along with DH and the midwife they got me thru this intense delivery. What a ride!!
Thanks for all ur responses, I realise inductions are a contentious issue but i believe being fully informed about the process helps each women make the right choice for them and their situation.
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