But seriously guys, WHAT’S IT LIKE When Your Water Breaks? 😅
This is a question we get a lot, and you guys also comment it as well!
So let’s begin with some scenarios we have read:
- Sometimes your water will break BEFORE contractions
- Sometimes it will break during labour
- And sometimes your provider may break artificially if you are in labour and your contractions have slowed down (as a way to speed them up!)
- A couple of scenarios may happen if/when your water breaks and you haven’t started labour yet…
A Dramatic Gush
All of a sudden you feel a HUGE gush! It literally feels like you peed your pants, but you didn’t! And it’s not stopping! It may have happened while you were sleeping, at the grocery store, sitting on the couch, ANYWHERE! It’s really unpredictable, but don’t let your anxiety about this get the best of you! If your water breaks in public (and gets all over the place), most people understand!
A Slow Trickle
Sometimes when your water breaks you might experience a sensation of wetness in your vagina or on your perineum, an intermittent or constant leaking of small amounts of watery fluid from your vagina, or a more obvious gush of clear or pale yellow fluid.
You may feel a little trickle and wonder, “did my water break?”, sometimes this happens, and we call it a slow leak. When this happens, it also will not stop and continues to come out in little drops/spurts, but it’s not as dramatic as the ‘dramatic gush’!
Both warrant a call to your provider! Even if you are unsure, don’t feel embarrassed to say “I think my water broke?”.
There are a few very simple tests your healthcare provider can do to determine if it has:
- Speculum exam to look for pooling
- Nitrazine paper test to check if the PH indicates amniotic fluid
- Microscope check to look for ferning (a unique pattern in amniotic fluid)
- Ultrasound to check your AFI (basically how much fluid is in there!)
Believe us when we tell you it can be a lot harder to determine if you peed your pants or your water just broke than you’d think – so definitely make the call just in case!
Did you know when your water broke?
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