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A 29-year-old female asked:

how will i know if my waters have broken or if its just excess discharge? 30 weeks pregnant.

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shalini Sethi
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Water broken : It's like a gush , if it breaks and is in large volume . It may be slight too . Just get checked if you feel it's broken .
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Water: It should be more like a gush followed by a trickle. Right now you should have leukorrhea, which is a thin whitish discharge that may require wearing a panty liner. However, if you think your bag of water ruptured or is leaking call your OB providers office. Most OB's after hours and weekends have an answering service to help address these issues.
Dr. Roger Duvivier
Obstetrics and Gynecology 47 years experience
Not easily: If you are unsure, it may be wise to visit your obstetrician or the "evaluation unit"of your hospital where your "excess vaginal discharge" can be examined (ferning and Nitrazine tests) , tests for vaginitis/vaginosis performed and cultures for bacteriological infections obtained. At times, a sonographic exam (amniotic fluid index) may also be useful and necessary.
Dr. Abdus Khan
Urgent Care 30 years experience
No water break...: At this timeline in your pregnancy there is not enough water to break automatic and it could just be your excess discharge. Please get yourself checked by the GYN . Good luck.
Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Bag of water can break at 30 weeks and that is called preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM), so again if concerned call your OB.
May 26, 2015
Dr. Roger Duvivier
Obstetrics and Gynecology 47 years experience
Prematurity, PPROM, PROM, premature labor ...are the #1 obstetrical/neonatal/perinatal problem; pregnant women and their obstetricians tend to take precautions and err on the side of caution in this context (rule out ROM)
May 27, 2015

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