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My water didn't break on it's own. I went into labor at 4am and went to the hospital when my contractions were getting really strong and closer together at 8:30am. When I arrived they knew I was in labor, they checked me and said I was 4 cm dilated. They broke my water right then and there it was a gush of warm fluid. After that I continued to walk and take a shower such at the hospital breathing through my contractions. Quite honestly after the one gush I didn't have any water leaking out that was noticeable to me while walking around the hospital or anything. I just hope mine doesn't break at work this time around because I am working up to my due date......
Posts: 1 6/23/12 8:32 P
Actually you might not know. My water broke once where it was obvious, then another time where I never even know. I guess it happened while in the shower. Also, people DO have just some water that leaks. It's always wise to get checked if you notice leaking or to call your doctor, even though it is a pain. Water leaking will be clear and odorless.
Posts: 72 9/14/11 8:38 A
You will just know. Some women it happens as a pop followed by a huge gush of warm fluid, other women feel it as a constant trickle. My water only brokeby itself 1 out of 4 times. And I was at the hospital about to deliver when it happened. The other 3 times the doctor broke it. Im getting induced at 39 weeks with this one.
Posts: 8 9/11/11 3:06 P
well my doctor broke mine in labour, but my mom's broke with me and she was horrified because she thought she peed herself...she said it was just a big gush. but don't be too worried my dr told me the majority of women's water doesn't break on its own,because i was paranoid of it breaking at work :)
Posts: 101 8/31/11 11:23 A
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Posts: 4 8/31/11 10:06 A
Okay, ladies, I'm sorry this is off-topic for the water-breaking board (although I've been worried about it too), but how do you all get those cute countdown charts at the bottom of your posts?
Posts: 101 8/17/11 10:15 A
I was induced early and my OB broke my water while I was already in L&D. There was a huge gush of warm water initially, and then I continually felt as if I was leaking for what seemed like hours!
My cousin was leaking a little bit of water for more than a day before she called her OB about it and was told to go to the hospital. She was given Pitocin and had the baby later that night. She had thought she was leaking from having an internal exam at her prenatal visit a day or two earlier.
Posts: 3 8/16/11 3:06 P
If your water 'breaks' and doesn't just spring a leak, you'll know. I had gotten out of the bath and I felt a little 'pop' and a little gush of water.
It kept gushing everytime I repositioned myself or anything like that.
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Posts: 5 8/16/11 1:08 P
I have the same fear. But I have a plan in place! Put some sort of feasible plan in place and that should alleviate some of your fears.
Posts: 111 8/15/11 8:30 P
i hop emy water doesnt break while i am at work.
Posts: 853 8/10/11 9:26 P
My situation was bizarre, as apparently, I was leaking a little water for a week. I had a test ran, and the nurse made me feel like I was crazy, stating 'it is just urine, hun.' Then, another nurse checked me out 2 days later, and same thing. Finally, my real dr came in, and said "let's do the test-get the pan and examine the fluid." I was actually leaking amniotic fluid and was doing so for a week-your body is constantly making this, so the nurses assumed it was a normal pregnancy bladder issue, but it certainly wasn't. On the last day, my dr had me induced, but I was in early labor as well. Everyone is different, so it may not be a huge water leak as one would assume.
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Posts: 282 8/10/11 11:13 A
My first two deliveries my water was broken during labor, my 3rd I woke up with a little bit of moisture between my legs and on the upper and lower sheet but nothing else came out - they ended up breaking my water towards the end of that labor as well - but I do think it was leaking a little at some point at least!
Posts: 1600 8/7/11 12:08 A
Thanks ladies! In the end my water broke about two minutes before it was time to push! By that point my water breaking was the LAST thing on my mind!
Posts: 7 8/5/11 10:15 P
I had to be induced with both kids so I never experienced my water break
Posts: 91 8/5/11 6:43 P
with my first, it felt and sounded like a joint popped. and then it started leaking.... I would say you definately know :)
Posts: 983 8/4/11 4:49 P
My mucus plug started first, I was in labor starting with that at 10:30am on a Friday, that evening at 9:00pm my husband and I went in to the birth center where my midwife was. Just after 1:00am Saturday we were sitting and talking in the area where my mom, dad and sister were and I "felt" this pop and I thought to myself, I think my water just broke...then this enormus gush and I said, "my water just broke" as you hear it splash and then ANOTHER huge gush! It was way more than any movie! LOL My beautiful daughter was born at 5:17am Saturday. :)
Posts: 50 7/28/11 5:00 P
Only 15% of pregnancies have their water break either wholly or just a leak, so it might be an IF your water breaks. That being said, I have fallen into that category for both my babies. With the 1st girl, it started leaking while I was asleep at 5:30 in the morning and I woke up thinking I was peeing, but quickly realized that was the wrong hole, lol. So we headed to the hospital. 6 hrs later they finally proved I was right through testing of the liquid and they started me on pitocin to induce labor. Although my water was leaking, I hadn't started labor.
With my 2nd baby, just last month...my water started leaking at 11:13am on wednesday June 22nd. At 6pm that night my water broke completely. But it wasn't until Friday night at 11pm that I started labor. I went 66 hours before going into labor. I had a homebirth so I could get away with waiting that long. Had I had a hospital birth, I would've been induced and if progress wasn't made I would've ended up with a c-section 12 hours later.
Btw, I had a healthy 5lb 6oz baby girl Saturday morning, June 25th at 5:25 am. I went 72 hours with my waters broke before delivering her!!!
Just make sure if your water does break, either partially or entirely, that you drink TONS of water to replace the amniotic fluid that you're losing. It's very important.
Oh, and if your water breaks or leaks, TRUST ME, you'll know it's that and not anything else. It's so condescending how people ask if you're sure you just aren't peeing. I mean come on...I don't know about you, but I know if fluid is leaking out of me exactly which hole it's coming out of!
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Posts: 4 7/22/11 12:39 P
I woke up around 2:30am and thoguht I had wet the bed (almost cried because I am too old for this!). When I stood up it kept trickling down my leg and I realized my water broke. 20 minutes later we were on our way to the hospital, with me sitting on a towel of course, and the contractions started very small about 30 minutes after my water broke. By 11am on the nose we had our little girl! So, all in all, it may not break for you but if it does, you will know. You can't stop the flow like when you pee, it just keeps coming. Good luck!!
Posts: 7 7/22/11 6:58 A
I have never had my waters break until I had actually gotten to the pushing stage. And even then with my last pregnancy (bubs #3), he started to come out with his sack still intact! His head was out before the sac ruptured and the waters went everywhere.
I think that statisticaly only a small percentage of women actually have their waters breack before they go into labour, and most still don't have it happen until labour is truely established. And then, it is usually a BIG gush that you cann't really miss, or a continual leak throughout.
Posts: 120 7/11/11 11:11 A
Having your water break is kinda funny. At least mine was. Its such a suprise. With my first, I was lying on the bed in the hospital, hubby was passed out on a couch, and there was a loud pop. I looked around confused like what was that. And actually called to my hubby to ask him did he hear that sound. As soon as I asked, a warm gush came out. Felt like peeing yourself uncontrollably. I immediately went2the washrm, cleaned myself, then called a nurse to take care of my soaked bed. It was funny.
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Posts: 642 7/6/11 4:34 P
I rolled over to give my hubby a squeeze when he got into bed at midnight exactly, and then decided I had to pee so I got out of bed. As I was getting out of bed, there was a fair amount of liquid streaming down my leg. It kept coming in a fairly steady ooze/occasionally gush. I thought it was pee but quickly figured it out (I was also 5 days late). My first contraction came 30 minutes later, to the minute and the baby was delievered, oh, 26 hours later. (I didn't even go to the hospital until 11am). I confess, the oozing, constant liquid coming out was just uncomfortable and it was pretty much constant. That was the thing I was least prepared for, it soaked through a heavy duty pad in 30 min, but I was in early enough labor that it was annoying for several hours until the labor really took off and I had other things to distract me.
Posts: 677 7/4/11 9:39 A
I also felt a pop and then a gush of wetness. I went to the bathroom (I was a work, at a school, when classes were getting out... I managed to hide it from everyone but my principal though!) and there was a softball size circle of wetness. I was 39 weeks preg, so I knew. I drove 30 min home, had another gush when I got out of the car. Yet another gush when I was walking in to the hospital 90 min later.
The best part was their procedure is to check you in triage first b4 putting you in a room, just to make sure it wasn't false labor. This was my first baby, but I was POSITIVE this was true labor. The nurse said "well we need a urine sample" and I told her "well, i can't give you one, I just peed before I left the house". She looked irritated and said, "well let's get a sample then" to make sure it was my water that broke. As SOON as I pulled my pants down GUSH, the biggest one yet, liquid down to my feet. My jaw dropped and I felt so awkward, but then the nurse said "Oh. Well let's skip procedure and get you into a room". HELLO, I told you it was my water! I was 5 cm dilated and gave birth 5 hours later.
my water broke sometime during the nite, i woke up covered in fluids and seriously thought i had peed myself and started to cry. then i noticed it didnt smell at all and realized i was in labor. i didnt go to the birth center until 8pm that nite, we only went then because my water "broke" again and green seedy stuff came out (he had pooped in utero, also called meconium). my son didnt arrive until 12.55am the following morning, so it all depends on your body and baby.
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Posts: 11 7/1/11 7:24 P
LOL, you will know. It is like you are drinking water through one end and it is coming out the other. I would wear thick pads until you get to the hospital if it happens.
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