Ruptured membranes...what is your experience??

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Christina - posted on 12/20/2013

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My fourth pregnancy just ended 10 weeks ago... My little one was born on Oct 12 at 12:52am. Well I had been leaking and had lost my mucus plug several times. Your mucus plug can regenerate itself, so for the last 3 weeks of my pregnancy I'd have light leaking, contractions, light bleeding or whats called a bloody show. I think my OBGYN was glad I finally gave birth. Finally when I went in with more water leaking for 2 days we decided to induce my labor and my OBGYN ruptured my membranes at that time. it was about 3 PM in the afternoon when I was given Pitocin and had my membranes ruptured, I went natural up to 8 CM around 11:30 PM and then had an epidural. The baby was born at 12:52 AM. 10 hours in active labor.

I could have been sent home as I still had 1 week to go to reach 40 weeks but I begged my OBGYN to just get the show on the road,

Looking back I wish I had been more patient and would have loved to be pregnant just one more week.. Call me crazy.

Tara - posted on 12/26/2009

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My water broke with my first girl when I was 3 hours into my induction (I was almost 3 weeks overdue at that point) and then it took another 9 hours to get her here. With my 2nd girl, my water broke when I was getting up to go to the bathroom (9 days overdue at that point) and I started contracting right away - 6 hours later I had my girl.

If you are just leaking, best bet is to get checked out to see if it is urine or amniotic fluid (it can be urine just because of the weight of the baby on your bladder) - if it is amniotic fluid and you aren't contracting they will usually send you home unless your fluid levels are really low (you keep producing amniotic fluid until you deliver, even if your water breaks). My doctor told me with both pregnancies that if my water broke I was to get into the hospital right away to be checked because once your water breaks it increases the risks of infection the longer it is until you actually deliver.

C. - posted on 12/26/2009

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It happened to me the night I was due (almost the next day since it was nearly midnight).. It wasn't a gush, really.. It was a lot of little gushes. Every time my son moved there was another little gush. Maybe that's why it happens in the morning for you.. Maybe your baby is moving a lot at night and it just sort of collects until you actually get up. I would go to the doctor. You should be watched if you are leaking amniotic fluid. The more fluid that leaks, the less fluid will be in there for your baby.. Not to mention that once your membrane ruptures, you run the risk of you and your baby getting an infection the longer you wait to deliver since it's now open to the world, so to speak.

Kekua - posted on 12/26/2009

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you don't have to be in labor for your water to break, nor do you necessarily go into labor once it does. mine broke and i had to be induced because you're supposed to deliver baby within 24 hrs of breaking for risk of infection/not enough water/etc...

Sharon - posted on 12/26/2009

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I didn't have spontaneous rupture of the membranes - I had leaking 3 pregnancies. Only one had the "gush" and that was after I called the hospital and reported the constant leaking. I was actually signing in at the desk and GUSH ... so weird.

Tara - posted on 12/26/2009

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Hi, I had ruptured membranes with both of my childre. My membranes ruptured at 30 weeks (doctor thought i was just leaking from the pressure of bub) with my first child and i went into labour at 33 weeks and had to stay in until i delivered but as i had lost all my fluid and got an infection i was induced at 34 weeks. With my second son my water ruptured at 35 weeks and i was put in hospital again until delivery and induced at 36 weeks due to infection. Once my membranes ruptured it was a continuous stedy flow (some days more then others) so if yours is just in the morning it could just be the pressure of bub. Hope this helped .. Goodluck!!

Kekua - posted on 12/26/2009

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I can't believe they said to just put on a pad. You need to get to the hospital already! it doesn't matter when it happens, once your water breaks you need to be in because losing fluid is dangerous for the baby and the environment is no longer sterile. Please call your doctor and head to the hospital or wherever you're giving birth.

Joley - posted on 12/26/2009

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There is a test they can do to see if it is amniotic fluid or urine based on the pH. You could just have a heavy vaginal discharge. I would go get checked just in case, because if your water did break and you are leaking then it can cause possible infections if it is like that for very long before you go into labor.

Kelsea - posted on 12/26/2009

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what happened after you went to the hospital??? did they have to break your water??

Joan - posted on 12/26/2009

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i had a similar situation with my second baby i felt this tiny discharge so little that i wasn't sure i felt it. i called the doc they sent me to be checked good thing because my daughter was born in the next hr.

good luck

Kelsea - posted on 12/26/2009

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well im due on the 28th. early christmas morning and this morning i have been woken up each time i got wet. christmas morning i felt it happen twice, this morning i counted five times in an hour, i called the birthing suite, and did as they told ( put on a maxi) but i havent experienced any wetness?? i know that my water is leaking becuase its something i cant control. but its only happened in the morning

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