anyone paranoid about ruining their mattress

Danielle - posted on 04/25/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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who else has taken precautions to protect their matress in case their waters break in bed, i guess because i don't know what to expect iv borrowed one of my cot matress protectors i bought and have put that under my side of the bed.



any one else done similar, or wish they had before ?

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Heather - posted on 04/27/2009

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I was in the hospital when my water broke I was standing and doing my little pain dance through a contraction...I felt like I sneezed and water leaked...but no sneeze. I quickly paged the nurse, crossed my legs, and asked my hubby for a fresh pad. After the IV was disconnected waddled to a toliet sat and GUSH...it was the biggest pee in 9 months. It wasnt as all what I expected...I didnt think I could hold it like that. I havent covered the mattress but and pretty sure no gush without the help of gravity. If it happens at night it wont do much till you sit or stand...although I do think it is better to be safe than sorry...I think I might start wearing thick maxi pads at night.

Debbie - posted on 04/27/2009

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I have put a plastic sheet down on my side of the bed and then some old sheets on top of it to soak up any excess fluid. I didn't need it with my son, I started leaking during the day and my waters were broken properly at the hospital.

Brenda - posted on 04/26/2009

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Hehe, nah, I'm not too worried about it myself. If the waters break they break, but probably won't. :) I even changed the bed with fresh sheets and nope, no water yet LOL.

Rowan - posted on 04/26/2009

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Quoting Rebekah:

I'm not worried. Labor does not commonly begin with your water breaking (less than 20% I think) and as already stated, it should be more of a continuous trickle. If you're worried, a maxi pad at night would also do the trick. Mine broke with my son to begin my labor and it wasn't near as dramatic as TV and movies make it out to be. Honestly, my toddler wetting the bed was a lot more fluid on the mattress... just my experience.

One thing that might be worth mentioning is that after your water breaks it doesn't quit flowing... I was completely clueless to this with my first. If your water breaks, you will need maxi pads, depends, towel, or a water-proof pad wherever you choose to sit until your baby is born. So my advice is to add a towel to your car and make sure to carry several maxi pads (or depends) with you in your last few weeks too...


That is a very good point! Thank goodness for my antenatal classes and the midwife showing us (with a plastic pelvis and a doll!!) that if the baby's head is engaged then waters will not come out in a gush like you see on television! I didn't even think about the continuousness of it though! I am going to keep some of my maxi pads close by. lol. 

Rebekah - posted on 04/26/2009

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I'm not worried. Labor does not commonly begin with your water breaking (less than 20% I think) and as already stated, it should be more of a continuous trickle. If you're worried, a maxi pad at night would also do the trick. Mine broke with my son to begin my labor and it wasn't near as dramatic as TV and movies make it out to be. Honestly, my toddler wetting the bed was a lot more fluid on the mattress... just my experience.

One thing that might be worth mentioning is that after your water breaks it doesn't quit flowing... I was completely clueless to this with my first. If your water breaks, you will need maxi pads, depends, towel, or a water-proof pad wherever you choose to sit until your baby is born. So my advice is to add a towel to your car and make sure to carry several maxi pads (or depends) with you in your last few weeks too...

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My mom suggested that I put a waterproof pad on the bed. I didn't even think about it. I've had the pad on since week 37 :)

Rowan - posted on 04/26/2009

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Quoting Danielle:

phew so it isn't just me


Lol, no I thought I was being a bit paranoid after my mum said my waters more likely to break when I am on my feet, walking around etc, but I think it is best to be safe than sorry! 

Rowan - posted on 04/25/2009

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I have put a single waterproof mattress protector on my side of the bed just in case! If the baby is fully engaged your waters shouldn't come out in gush, but could trickle out while you are sleeping, my antenatal midwife said so I am on the side of caution! X

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