Rupturing Your Water

Updated on August 08, 2011
N.C. asks from Fort Worth, TX
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I was wondering if anyone had any experience with their doctor putting a small hole in their water sack to help induce labor. My doctor had mentioned this as an alternative to chemical induction. I was so consumed with other questions I had been meaning to ask, I didnt ask what it entitled and meant.
THanks in advance!

Sorry, should have went into a little more depth. I have had my water broke, during labor before. This is something that will be done in office, then sent home. I guess it would be in compared to membrane sweep or something of that sort.

Yes, it somewhat has to do with size. This is my 3 rd child. I was barely able to give birth at 36 weeks due to my pelvic area being to narrow for my childrens head size. Large heads run on my husbands side. My son was born with indentions of my bones in his head and a huge purple bruise on top of his head. If I am not able to deliver soon I will end up with a c-section. I am aware of the size differences allotted when it comes to sonos.

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answers from Miami on

Induction of labor, whether it is breaking the water or chemical will more than double your chance of a c-section. Do not induce unless there is a medical reason for induction (either you or baby are in danger). Carrying your baby until your baby is ready is the most wonderful gift you can give your baby - letting him/her choose their own birthday. Your baby will know when he/she is ready to be born.

Breaking the water artificially often leads to baby being in a bad position for birth - leading to more pain for the mother and a much, much larger chance of c-section. Once your water is broken - you will likely be put on a 24 hour clock and if you have not delivered by that point, you will be told that the risk of infection has gotten high and now you need a c-section.

Let me know if you have further questions. Oh, if your doctor is telling you that you should induce because your baby is big according to an ultrasound, you should know that an ultrasound weight at the end of pregnancy can be plus or minus 3 pounds of accuracy. That's right - my baby who was supposed to be over 10 pounds was only 6 lbs. 4 oz.


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answers from Los Angeles on

I've had my waters broken twice. They use a long crochet-hook thing. It didn't hurt at all. Induction has not led to any problems for me at all.



answers from Dallas on

I was induced for my second child. They started giving me the pitocin at 8 and at 10, my dose was really high and all the nurses were surprised that I wasn't having contractions yet. Then the doctor artificially ruptured my amniotic sac and BOOM labor began in earnest. I went from 3cm to 10cm in an hour and only pushed for 30 min. Compared to my first birth (25 hours of back labor) this was such a breeze, though I know it's not for everyone. This obviously isn't exactly what you are doing, but it did seem to be the water breaking that really triggered my labor. Now, I also had membrane sweeps for both children and they didnt do a thing. Good luck with your delivery!


answers from Kansas City on

when I was in labor with my toddler, the OB broke my water after a few hours of labor, it hurt pretty bad to me. but after that my contractions became a lot more intense and coming faster.



answers from Dallas on

Yes, our OB did this as part of the overall induction process. There was more fluid that I thought - splash! on the vinyl floor of the delivery room. (our first baby)



answers from Los Angeles on

I had my water broken with at least 8 of my kids. It really jump starts labor like nothing else!



answers from Boston on

I had to have mine broke because it didn't break on it's own. I can't tell you if it gets labor moving because I was already at 8 cm. Unlike ST I didn't feel it.

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