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How long can you wait after water breaks....

Postby jessica0509 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:33 pm

So I was wondering how long you can wait to go to hospital after water breaks if you havent started having contractions yet. With my first My water broke and I immediately went in and after maybe an hour they gave me pitocin because I wasnt having contrations on my own. I really really really dont want pitocin again! TIA!
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Re: How long can you wait after water breaks....

Postby BeccaM » Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:24 pm

OB's are probably more likely to want to rush you in than a midwife would.... I have heard it's completely normal for your body to take 12 - 48 hrs to go into labor after the water breaks. The only difficulty might be if you tested positive for GBS--they like to get you on antibiotics pretty much right away.

If I were YOU (which I am not, LOL) I would try to wait it out at home for a while before going in, considering what happened last time!

BTW, I am not sure how far along you are but I have heard you can help prevent the water breaking before labor starts by taking extra Vitamin C, bioflavenoids and eating a lot of vegetables and good protein while pregnant. Evidently that makes your amniotic sac stronger. I have been trying it this pregnancy--hope it helps!
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Re: How long can you wait after water breaks....

Postby Answered_Prayers » Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:17 pm

My water did not break the first or second time. So, I cant answer your question. However, if you do not want any drugs no one can force you.
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Re: How long can you wait after water breaks....

Postby HawkeyeGirl18 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:30 pm

If you're GBS positive, you need to go in right away. Also, if the fluid is green, your baby stops moving as much, or you start develop a fever, you would need to go in. Otherwise, you could probably wait at home for a few hours if everything is going ok. If contractions don't start, it might not be a bad idea to head in to your doctor because the risk of infection starts to increase after your water has been broken for 24 hours. Therefore, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to get things moving after a few hours so that you don't go too far beyond the 24 hour mark.
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Re: How long can you wait after water breaks....

Postby momof7 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 5:19 am

I know the birthing center here where I live an ob or midwife you have to deliver in 24 hrs of your water breaking.
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Re: How long can you wait after water breaks....

Postby ahenderson05 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:18 pm

Barring any complications like GBS+ or meconium in the fluid, my midwife said to wait it out at home. If it gets close to 24 hours with no contractions then go in.
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Re: How long can you wait after water breaks....

Postby angellady » Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:58 pm

My waters broke and I went in 16 hrs later but because I didnt deliver within 24 hrs I had to be monitored as risk of infection goes up. Ended up 29 hrs later having emergency c section :( hoping this time around is better for me
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Re: How long can you wait after water breaks....

Postby kaylaxkitten » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:56 am

w/ DD my water broke at 12am and I got to the hospital around 3am...my contractions started at 4am and progressed VERY quickly! As others said, you dont need to take any drugs or do anything you dont want to!!
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Re: How long can you wait after water breaks....

Postby KJ511 » Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:15 am

Did you have your LO yet??? How did it go?
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Re: How long can you wait after water breaks....

Postby bazil323 » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:15 pm

Fyi for any stumbling across this thread late like me: Hospitals and some birth centers put you on a 24 hour clock to deliver after membrane break, meaning they will most likely want you on Pitocin within 12 hours of membrane rupture unless you are already progressing well (and some are aggressive and want you on it regardless). However, the risk of infection due to membranes breaking comes mostly from cervical checks. Everything is being pushed out by your fliud unless someone pushes it (and any bacteria from your perineum or vagina or their hand) right up into your cervix. So just making them keep their fingers out of you greatly reduces the infection risk.

Unless the fluid had meconium or was foul smelling, you can just refuse pit and cervical checks, or avoid the issue by laboring at home ss long as you can stand it. Or plan a home birth with a good midwife.
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