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A 42-year-old member asked:

should i go by myself to the hospital when my water breaks, or wait for my husband?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Normally OK to wait: If you have had any complications like placenta previa, polyhydramnios, abruption, breech or transverse baby position, you should get to the hospital asap. If you are less than 34 weeks pregnant, the baby hasn't been moving normally or the fluid is any other color than clear like water, you need to go straight to the hospital.
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
If everything has been fine during your pregnancy, none of the complications mentioned below are present and you don't have a history of fast labors, waiting is fine. Remember that the membranes that break are a protective layer for your baby, so it is still better to get to the hospital within a couple of hours of the bag of waters breaking.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is happening when water "breaks?"

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Amniotic sac rupture: "water breaking" is when the sac holding the baby's amniotic fluid ruptures, typically causing a gush or persistent trickle of fluid. This usually occurs at the end of pregnancy or during labor when the cervix is starting to dilate, disrupting the membranes. Occasionally it can happen prematurely which requires hospitalization.
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Can my water break in the absence of other symptoms?

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Dr. Stephen Scarantino
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Yes: Yes and since your water breaking is an important event (at any time when you are pregnant) you should always inform your obstetrician if you think you broke your water; even if you are not sure. You do not need to experience a large "gush of fluid" in order to have broken your water.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What will it feel like when my water breaks?

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Gush of fluid: Usually when your water breaks it feels like a gush of fluid. It is usually clear with a pink tint and no odor. Urine will be yellow with an odor. Sometimes it can be a trickle of fluid that doesn't stop. If you are not sure put on a pad for an hour and see if it is wet or call your doctor and they will do an exam.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Do I sweat out a couple lbs of water everytime i'm on the bike?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Maybe: Depending on how hard your workout is and on where it is, you easily could sweat that much. Make sure you replace it with nonalcoholic fluids.

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