When Will My Water Break?
Early labor is something that is a mystery to most people, but the one thing that they always show you in the movies is that your water breaks and then suddenly you are in labor. You know the scene — the hugely pregnant woman is walking through the store and suddenly *gush* the whole floor is soaking wet, and she is mortified, and as a pregnant woman, you expect the same. The truth is that it doesn't happen that way for most women.
Sometimes, it doesn't break.
Sometimes when your water “breaks,” it is really more of a leak than anything else, and sometimes, it isn't even a constant, running-down-you-leg, or wetting-your-underwear type of leak. For many women, the leak only makes you feel like you need to go pee more often, and when you do, there may be a bit of a pinkish color to the fluid on the tissue, which would tip you off to the leak. But other than that you would just feel like you had to pee more often.
If you notice that you are peeing more than usual and there is any color that is out of the norm, you should give your doctor a call just in case.
When will it break?
Most of the stories that you hear of someone having their water break in real life involves them being in bed. Labor is most likely to start at night, so you probably don't need to worry about the grocery store floor. No matter where it happens, it won't be a gallon of fluid — probably closer to a cup or two, which is easier to handle. Most of the time your baby is low enough that her head will act as a fluid block at the cervix, so the water that comes out will just be what was in front of her head and the rest will remain inside.
Most of the time your baby is low enough that his or her head will act as a fluid block at the cervix, so the water that comes out will just be what was in front of your baby's head, and the rest will remain inside.
What it might feel like.
If you have a leak, it is very likely that you won't have any clue that you are leaking, other than the fluid itself. There probably won't be a feeling that you've sprung a leak.
If your water breaks, you might feel a “pop” feeling. Many women describe feeling as a little burst, and then they feel the fluid, and they know exactly what happened. Even if your water breaks fully, you might not feel anything out of the ordinary, other than the extra water running down your leg or under you when you wake.
First, my water breaks, and then contractions start, right?
The odds of your water breaking as being the first sign that you are in labor are very low. In fact, they are less than 10% in a term pregnancy. It is pretty uncommon to have your water break before you start having contractions. The truth is that usually your water won't break on its own until you are well into your labor, sometimes even while you are pushing your little one out! Your water is designed to guard you and your
Your water is designed to guard you and your baby from feeling so much pressure from the contractions that you are experiencing, so it is meant to stay intact until the very end. Sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn't. But more often than not, you will be laboring with your water still sealed up safely inside of your womb.