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How Do You Know When Your Water Breaks? (Chime In!)

Over the weekend we took a little mini-vacation to a huge indoor water park. It occurred to me as I was sitting in the wave pool, waves crashing on my bump and all — crap, how do I know if my water breaks in here? Of course, I am way to0 early for my water to break (17 weeks) but I was doing a lot and with my history … well, you just never know. Especially since my water has never broken naturally.

I immediately jumped out of the pool to Google. I know, gotta love Google. And now? I am fully educated thanks to the many websites I browsed over the weekend to learn just how you know your water has broken. You would think after 4 littles I would know — but honestly, I really didn’t. It’s always been a very large gush for me on the hospital bed. Note to self: Don’t go to a water park in your last month of pregnancy.

Read on to see how you know when your water breaks, what to expect, and just what to do!

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  • No Real Sign 1 of 10
    No Real Sign
    The bad thing - there is no way to know if your water is going to break. It commonly happens in more active labor - it's not usually the first sign of labor.
    Image via Alamy
  • Watch Out For Contractions 2 of 10
    Watch Out For Contractions
    However, if it is the first sign of labor you will know within a few hours when contractions usually start on their own.
    Image via Alamy
  • Bye Bye Mucus Plug 3 of 10
    Bye Bye Mucus Plug
    A sure sign of your water breaking would be after you loose your mucus plug. But, for some, it still doesn't happen naturally.
    Image via Buzzle
  • Leaking Until The End 4 of 10
    Leaking Until The End
    Get ready to leak! Until the baby is born, once the bag breaks, you will be a leaking mess.
    Image via Think Stock Photos
  • Symptoms Before You’re Water Breaks 5 of 10
    Symptoms Before You're Water Breaks
    You may have some mild cramping or lower pain which is just a sign of labor prior to your water breaking.
    Image via Love to Know
  • Pop! 6 of 10
    Pop!
    It feels like a water balloon popping inside of you.
    Image via Break
  • Did My Water Break? 7 of 10
    Did My Water Break?
    In the shower and feel a trickle which you think may be your water breaking? Smell it! The fluid should be odorless.
    Image via Think Stock Photos
  • Bathroom Breaks 8 of 10
    Bathroom Breaks
    It isn't like having to urinate. However, some women do complain of feeling an urge to use the bathroom even though they just did. When they go to use it again, their water breaks. Surprise!
    Image via Think Stock Photos
  • Check In 9 of 10
    Check In
    Don't freak if your water breaks at home. However, notify your doctor or midwife right away. Some will rush you to the hospital others will let you wait it out at home.
    Image via Lady Care Health
  • Water, Water Everywhere 10 of 10
    Water, Water Everywhere
    You will either feel a slight trickle or a large gush of fluid - but no worries, it's painless.
    Image via 123rf Photos

Chime in: Where did your water break? Were you worried you weren’t going to know your water broke?

 

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