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Waters broken, no contractions. Should I try to sleep? Advice please.

(18 Posts)
bohoec Fri 21-Dec-12 00:56:07

It's almost 1am. My waters broke 2 hours ago. Midwife happy for me to stay at home and go in for checks at 09:30 in the morning because I haven't had any contractions yet. Should I sleep or keep moving?

nipersvest Fri 21-Dec-12 01:03:50

i'd sleep if you can. until contractions start not much point hanging on, get some rest while you can.

good luck x

AhCmonSeriouslyNow Fri 21-Dec-12 01:06:00

Yep, I'd sleep to prepare your body as much as you can for labour.

Good luck!

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Fri 21-Dec-12 01:08:28

Sleep! You will need it. smile

Good luck!

EMS23 Fri 21-Dec-12 01:12:33


I didn't after my waters broke with DD1 & labour took 9 hours to start.
2 years later and I still miss that sleep, like I'm owed it!

bohoec Fri 21-Dec-12 02:53:20

Thanks. Just got a couple of hours sleep in, and will try to sleep some more. Still no contractions! Thanks so much for the advice x

Skiffen Fri 21-Dec-12 03:04:51

Is it your first? If yes, I'd rest as much as possible. First labours can be long and you may need your energy.

If it's not your first, I'd be tempted to trot up and down stairs!! I did loads to bring on my contractions with my second as I didn't want to be induced as I felt so ready to "go". It worked, she was born after only 3 hours.

So exciting! Good luck.

rcs19 Fri 21-Dec-12 03:43:46

Sleep, same thing happened to me a week ago today! Get some rest then try and get things moving on the morning. Good luck.

inadreamworld Fri 21-Dec-12 08:45:17

Congrats you will be having your baby soon because if contractions don't start within 24 hours they will induce you. My waters broke and contractions never started so I was induced. Induction fine - don't believe all the scare stories. Good luck, but yes, do try to go to sleep!!

Liveinthepresent Fri 21-Dec-12 08:56:28

Definitely rest and relax. My contractions didnt come for 48 hours. grin
Different hospitals have different policies re timescale to induce - and you can opt for monitoring if you prefer.
The vast majority of people do go into spontaneous labour.
How exciting you will have your baby soon.

WantAnOrange Fri 21-Dec-12 09:34:23

Rest. This happened to me and I couldnt sleep but wish I could've.

VisualiseAHorse Fri 21-Dec-12 14:41:20

Exactly the same as me! Waters broke at 2am, rang midwife, back to bed, contractions woke me up at 6.30am.

Good luck!!

cynnerthenaughtyreindeer Fri 21-Dec-12 14:43:03

Yay! You are going to have a baby soon! Love and good wishes to you and your family!

bohoec Sat 22-Dec-12 14:25:27

So, I should have gone for eating and sorting last minute packing of hospital bag... Less than 12 hours after posting I gave birth to our new baby girl! 2 1/2 weeks early! Both of us are doing well smile

Thanks so much for the advice! I was feeling a bit lost in the middle of the night back then!

Merry Christmas everyone x

EMS23 Sat 22-Dec-12 14:39:22

Aw, congratulations!

Skiffen Sat 22-Dec-12 14:41:01

Yay!! Happy Christmas!! Enjoy all your snuggles smile

inadreamworld Sat 22-Dec-12 18:06:23

Congratulations!!!! The best Christmas present ever smile

babyperks Sat 22-Dec-12 21:22:06

Congratulations! I'm so jealous! smile xx

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