It’s one of the most famous signs of labor. We’re talking about a woman’s water breaking, and it’s probably the most well known and widely recognized signs of labor. So, how does it usually happen? Will you know when your water breaks? What exactly is happening when your water breaks, anyway? So many questions! Keep reading and we’ll try to answer them today! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
When you’re pregnant, your baby grows inside of the amniotic sac, which is filled with, you guessed it, amniotic fluid. The amniotic sac is filled with fluid-filled membranes, which cushion and protect the baby from harm. When it’s almost time for your baby to be born, the amniotic sac breaks, and signals the beginning of labor.
No one really knows “why” the amniotic sac breaks, or what exactly causes it to break, but many experts think it’s sort of a signal from the fetus to the mom, to signal to her that it’s almost time for labor to begin! It’s pretty amazing, really, when you think about it!
Many women expect their water to break in a huge, gushing puddle all over the floor, like you see on TV or in the movies. However, that is actually hardly ever the case! In fact, in more of 75 percent of pregnancies, a woman’s water doesn’t break until labor is well underway in the hospital and most of the time, the doctor is the one who has to break the water.
However, in many women, the water does not break as a gush, but instead as a slow trickle. Some women might even think they are peeing on themselves! If you notice huge gush of fluid, you will probably know that your water broke. However, if you notice a small, warm tickle of fluid that is clear and does not smell like urine, that could definitely be your water as well. If you think it’s possible that your water is breaking, go ahead and put a call into your doctor.
Once your water breaks, it doesn’t actually have to mean that you are IN labor, but labor is imminent. Most women start contractions on their own within 12 and 24 hours of their water breaking, but if within 24 hours, labor hasn’t started, your doctor will probably go ahead and induce your labor to get things moving along.
If you think your water has broken, don’t have sex or do anything else that could introduce bacteria into the vagina. It’s okay to have a shower, but make sure that you get in contact with your doctor as soon as possible so you can find out for sure if it’s time to welcome your baby!