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DID MY WATER JUST BREAK?
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR WATER HAS BROKEN?
As your pregnancy progresses and labor grows near you might find yourself asking many times a day did I just pee? or did my water just break? Pregnancy brings many new things including increased 'wetness' down below. You may experience this very early on but close to your due date any extra wetness will likely get you wondering!
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR WATER HAS BROKEN?
YOU HEAR OR FEEL A 'POP'
You may get the "movie" experience and get the full on no doubt about it "my water just broke" moment. Some women feel a popping sensation or even hear a popping sound! This is because your membranes literally pop to release the waters!
YOU MAY FEEL A TRICKLE
This is when you might feel like you're peeing yourself. Your water releases slowly in a trickle instead of a huge gush. If the trickle increases as you change positions and even leaks while sitting your water could have really broken!
HOW TO KNOW IF IT IS YOUR WATER
If you think you may be leaking amniotic fluid go to the bathroom and empty your bladder. Put on a pad and check it 30 minutes later. If your pad is wet it's likely not urine. Some women report amniotic fluid has a distinct smell often described as sweet. If in doubt call your OB/GYN or Midwife.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR WATER BREAKS
First, take a deep breath! You are going to do AMAZING!
PROM - Premature rupture of membranes is when your water breaks prior to 37 weeks. Call your doctor right away if this happens!
COLOR & ODOR
Your water will likely be clear or slightly yellow and may smell sweet or have no odor. If your water is brownish or green in color with a foul smell it's important to contact your doctor right away. This can indicate infection or that the baby has passed meconium.
WILL CONTRACTIONS START?
After your water breaks you may start contracting quickly after or it could be awhile before they start up. Note the time your water broke to inform your doctor and time contractions once they begin. Each OB/GYN or Midwife has a different time line of how long to wait once your water breaks. Make sure to ask them prenatally to be prepared!
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