How long after your water breaks.. Aidan&Sophie'sMomma 2 kids; Hampton, Virginia 1688 posts
Jun 19th '13

do you go to the hospital?
i know if its green/brown you should go right away.
what if your water breaks an no contractions?
what if your water breaks and loads of contractions?
lol Im wanting to labor at home as much as possible. hospital is about 15 min away. Its my second baby. (no my water hasnt broke or anything yet im 38weeks tomorrow) But im a little nervous that i mmight wait TOO long... my body will prob tell me when i should go right?

Crystal 3 kids; Hephzibah, Georgia 15566 posts
Jun 19th '13

As long as you're not putting anything up there or checking yourself, you can probably stay until you start feeling contractions every 4-5 minutes, since the hospital's pretty close. Or, if nothing in 24 hours, go in. Also, if you start to feel a lot of pressure, go on in.

Man. Bear. Pig. 2 kids; Arizona 25443 posts
Jun 19th '13

I know you're supposed to deliver within 24 hours after your water breaks, as the risk of infection gets pretty dangerous. Other than that... I'm not sure.

Donna Jo Tanner 1 child; Beach Haven, New Jersey 6440 posts
Jun 19th '13

I've always heard if your water breaks you go right in. No matter what. That's what they told both my SIL's and me and we all delivered in different states, years apart.
I mean I'm sure you could stay home but I wouldn't wanna risk having my kid on my kitchen floor lol with no help.

Emily M Smith 18 kids; Wisconsin 432 posts
Jun 19th '13

I was always told to go in right away if your water breaks. With my daughter mine broke at home and I went in and 12 hours later they had to induce me and start me on antibiotics to prevent infection..

Destinite 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Paradise, FL, United States 35338 posts
Jun 19th '13

I went in about an hour and a half after my water broke.

Mann Makin' Mama[BBM] 18 kids; Dalton, Georgia 11563 posts
Jun 19th '13

My water broke at my baby shower with my youngest, I finished eating, opened gifts, thanked everyone for coming, sent my brother & moms boyfriend for my hospital bag, then went to the hospital. I had no contractions and they actually had to jump start them with pitocin. My body wasn't ready to have him, my water just broke so I had to have him.

With my second my water broke in the middle of the night, 4:34am and I stayed at home until I felt like I should be monitored (DS had IUGR). I got to the hospital around 6:20am and he was born at 10:31am.

Mommy|Of2 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Canada 3062 posts
Jun 19th '13

DS was born exactly 4 hours after my water broke. So personally I would go in right away.

But a friend of mine was sent home after her water had broken because she wasn't having any contractions. They waited till the next day to get her in for an induction but her DD was born within 4 hours after being induced.

☮Hippie Jesus☮ 2 kids; West Virginia 10560 posts
Jun 19th '13

I would go immediately since the hospital I go to is an hour away... and a lot of progress can be made in an hour, especially after the water breaks. But I guess 15 minutes away isn't too bad.

I think that the breaking of my water would excite me too much and I'd want to go immediately either way.

It's unpredictable how long it will take things to progress after your water breaks, though. A friend of mine's first child was born almost 2 hours after her water broke... But her second was out within minutes. Her water broke as she was standing next to the bed in labor and delivery.

eKnuckles Due February 13; Florida 3476 posts
Jun 19th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ASK ME ABOUT MY WIENER:</b>" I know you're supposed to deliver within 24 hours after your water breaks, as the risk of infection gets pretty dangerous. Other than that... I'm not sure."</blockquote>

Over seas they let you go 72 hours before becoming concerned.

MOMMY 9.0 TTC since Jan 1997; 6 kids; Minnesota 12446 posts
Jun 19th '13

I was in the hospital when my water broke with my 3 kids and they were all born within 10 min of that time frame

With 4 it broke at home at 11pm so dh rushed us to the hospital he was afraid bahahahhahaha he didn't want the baby to be born in the car.

My son was born only after my dr stretched my cervix at 11 am the following morning

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6871 posts
Jun 19th '13

Your water breaking should encourage contractions. If you're full term and all of that good stuff, you can wait at home until the contractions get going or before the 24 hour period is up. I mean you probably have time to take a shower and stuff.. possibly eat a meal if you aren't in active labor yet.

When my water breaks on its own, it normally breaks way before i'm due. With my first pregnancy, it broke at 22 weeks and with my last pregnancy, it broke at 35-36 weeks. The one at 35ish weeks was more of a leak than an actual full break. I would end up with randomly soaked underwear, but it wasn't very often. In fact, the wet underwear issue was probably less than once a week. Because of that, I ended up waiting until my induction and *then* they figured out my water had broken.

That was when all hell broke loose. My son's heartrate was almost 200bpm and wasn't falling. I got a fever. I got meds to lower fevers ... IV antibiotics and then when they couldn't stabilize us, an emergency c-section. He ended up in the NICU for a week on IV antibiotics and oxygen support because for whatever reason, he was having some preemie breathing issues (EDD was the next week, so obviously that was wrong).

Although it makes a very dramatic labor story, long term he's fine. We got to go home together. I was breastfeeding him in the NICU every couple of hours. Obviously though, I wouldn't recommend waiting that long before you go in for ruptured membranes. :)