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how do you know for sure if your water broke

Did my water break? - Water Break as Start of Labor


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** Did my water break? **

By Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE, About.com Guide

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A history of water breaking.
" Mucus Plug - Amniotic Sac Ruptured "

You can see here how the water breaking occurs.

Photo © A.D.A.M.

When you're pregnant one of your biggest concerns might be that your water
will break in a less than desirable situation, sending amniotic fluid
gushing everywhere. You may imagine being in the middle of a presentation
or in the middle of a grocery store aisle when it happens. The truth of the
matter is that only about 13% of the time will your water break prior to
the onset of labor. In fact, more than 75% of the time your water won't
break until you're well into labor and more than 9 centimeters dilated.

That doesn't mean that the fear is real that you won't know the difference
between amniotic fluid and urine. These simple steps can help you determine
if your bag of water has broken or if you're having bladder trouble. Read


· A history of water breaking.
· Take a deep breath.
· Quick change.
· Wet or dry?
· What to do if the pad is wet.
· What now?
· Hospital testing of fluid.


*/Readers Respond:/ How did it feel to have your water break?*

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