With my first son the doctors broke my water and at the rate im going now it looks like it'll happen again...but i want my water to break on it's own...thats something i want to experience...has anyone broken their own water...is there a way to safely break your own water or to help it along the way...plz tell me...i'll try almost anything...

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Haley...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 7:20 PM Have sex....apparently semen thins the cervix and prepares the body for labor. It is probably an old wives tale but that is what my doc suggested...

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vsrillo
Jun. 1, 2008 at 7:22 PM There is no safe way to break your water. The nurses in L&D are not alloowed to break your water because it may introduce bacteria to the baby. It may break during a routine pelvic examine, because of pressure and being thin. But I would error that it is not safe to try to do on your own.. If you have ever peed your pants that is what broken water feels like.  Since I do not think many ppl have done that since they were 3; I do not think it is a feeling you may be comfortable with again.

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alexi...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 7:22 PM Having sex may bring on labor, but it won't necessarily break your water. Sometimes your water just doesn't break which is why a doctor may have to break it. I don't think theres really anything you can do to break your water...sticking anything up there is not safe because you don't know how far down the baby is.

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SlapI...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 7:30 PM

It's not safe to break your water.  Why would you want your water to break?  It is safer to keep your water intact.  There is no reason for a dr to break your water either.  Artificial rupture of membranes (AROM or ARM) carries risk such as the serious risk of cord prolapse.  It is much more comfortable for you and baby to have the cushion of an intact bag of waters throughout labor.  There is no reason that any ever need break someone's water.  Your water will either break on it's own before or during labor.  Mine broke while I was pushing.  Some women's bag of waters stays intact throughout the whole labor and the baby is born inside the bag.  This is called being born in the caul and it is said to be good luck in many cultures.

 Drs break women's waters despite the risks because they believe it will speed up labor but a recent cochrane review (gold standard of research) showed that AROM does not actually speed up labor after all.  So drs have been putting women at risk all this time for no reason.

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Elfsmom
Jun. 1, 2008 at 7:32 PM

You can tell the dr. NO!.....If you don't want a procedure done, you have the right to refuse it.  If the dr. does not break your water, trust me it will break on it's own.   Tell them no to vaginal exams as well so there are no ooops!.....

With my first birth, the dr. did break my water but with my other 3, my water did not break until I was pushing...it doesn't always happen at the beginning of labor.

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gusti...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 9:01 PM WITH MY FIRST IT NEVER BROKE WITH MY SECOND I WOKE UP TO A WET BED MY WATER BROKE AT HOME!

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