Knowing for sure if your water has broken can be surprisingly tricky, however, there are a few tips that can help you in the event that you are having a hard time determining whether or not your water has broken.
One little known fact that expectant mothers are not usually aware of is that you cannot be accurately assessed over the phone. Sure, a doctor can make recommendations to you, but they cannot make a firm judgment call without seeing you in-person. Your safest bet is to make the trip into the hospital so your doctor can make an accurate evaluation; however, one of the best tests you can try at home as an indicator is the “stand up” test. If more fluid comes from standing up, then it is probably safe to assume your water has broken since the extra pressure of standing up causes the fluid to drain faster than when sitting. Be sure to identify what the fluid is like, as many expectant mothers commonly mistake the loss of the mucus plug for their water breaking. The weeks leading up to labor will consist of losing your mucus plug, but you can differentiate between this phase and your water breaking by knowing what amniotic fluid looks like. Amniotic fluid is both colorless and odorless, where as mucus is pigmented. Besides identifying the fluid, it is also important to be aware of the rate at which the fluid is draining. Many women expect their water to break in a gush, but it is equally as common for it to occur as a slow trickle. Once your water breaks labor will begin fairly soon after, therefore, it is very important to know exactly what to look for.
If you follow these tips and are still unsure whether or not your water has actually broken, do not hesitate to go to the hospital, as the nurse should easily be able to identify it immediately.
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