Pregnancy Questions Answered - Water Breaking

It seems like I've seen a lot of movies lately where the pregnant woman is standing in the middle of the store and her water breaks - all over the place. I've never known this to happen in anyone in real life, so I'm curious how/where your water broke?

I always dilate the last month or so of my pregnancies, so we talk about being induced when I get to about 6cm. My water has never broken on its own, the doctor has done it both times once I'm in the hospital being induced. He stripped my membranes last time and my water still didn't break. I've known several women who have gotten out of bed or sat down to tinkle and it broke, but no one ever talks about a huge gush of water. They say its more like a trickle. When pregnant with me, my mom's water broke at work, but she just thought she was having issues with bladder control at first.

I'm pretty sure I'd be embarrassed if I had a huge gush of water while out shopping or something, but I've never heard of it really happening.

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Gina said...

My sister-in-laws had it happen to them in the middle of night. Other than that, I don't know anyone whose water broke on their own (let alone in the middle of a grocery store!).

With both pregnancies, my water was broken at the hospital while I was in labor.

Riki said...

Both of my pregnancies I had to have them break the water at the hospital. I was in labor and dilating and they were like, let's break this. I dunno about it but I guess it's ok. I didn't have a mess to clean up.

punken said...

With my second child I laid down in bed and felt this weird kick...kind of at the top and bottom and thought hmmm that was strange....I stood up and it was a huge gush....I said to my Husband either I I just peed myself or my water broke....sure enough it was my water I was 36 weeks. I am a little nervous this time!

Saving Our Way said...

Mine was broken when I was induced. However, my mom's broke in a grocery store when she was pregnant with my brother, baby #2 (there were 4 of us). She said I was with her (and only 13mos old at the time) and it wasn't a gallon gush but it was more than a tinkle & it did get on the floor. She grabbed a jar of pickles or something out of her cart. Dropped it on the floor to cover it up & then grabbed me & we headed out! lol!

Meg said...

With my first pregnancy I had the huge gush! I was 37 weeks pregnant and I was getting ready to go to bed. I was sitting at the computer checking email. I'm very short and there just isn't a lot of room in my abdomen area so my stomach felt really tight and there was lot of pressure.. I think because of how I was sitting in the chair...Well, I hear this pop...kind of like the sound of a water balloon. Nothing happened and I didn't think anything of it because lets face it your body makes all sorts of sounds when you are pregnant LOL... So, I go on to bed.. Well at 4:20.. I sit up in the bed and right after I open my eyes there is this huge gush of water. I was groggy and it took me a minute to figure out what was going on... So, I jumped up and went and sat on the potty and it just kept coming. This was our first pregnancy. So my husband was running around like crazy. If I had known it was going to be another 18 hours I would have taken a shower before heading to the hospital..lol.
I felt kind of bad because I think I popped my own bag of water sitting hunched over in that chair and I thought it was interesting that my mind new what was going on before I was fully awake..because I sat up fast like I knew (even though I had no clue what was going on) and then it came...I know that sounds crazy.... I think it was meant to be because when she came out her foot was messed up and they said that if she had stayed in longer it would have been permanently damaged. But she is great now. And we have since had 3 more kids..and with each one I made sure I was super careful :) . My friend had a gush too. It was in the middle of the night too...maybe gushes only happen in the middle of the night...just kidding! Have a great day!

Megan said...

With my 2nd child I stood up to go to the bathroom, and felt like I peed myself, but swear my bladder didn't give out. Went to the bathroom to learn it was my water breaking. It only happened with that baby the others were broken in the hospital by a doctor or during delivery.

Anonymous said...

My 1st born- woke up at 8am to water gushing like a faucet, thought I peed myself (LOL, contractions at 9am, had him at 1:13pm (no epidural). My 2nd born- woke up around 1:30am, doctor broke my water and had him at 3:47am... again no epidural. Doctors told me I would've done well back in the days when you had babies anywhere. I replied with "Yeah Right! I so wanted the epidural, but my babies come to quick...LOL"

Christie said...

With my second pregnancy, my water broke in the stereotypical gushing way. It was about 7am and I woke up to use the bathroom and as I barely moved to get up I felt a HUGE gush of water. I knew immediately what it was and didn't think it was just me peeing on myself. The thing they never tell you is that you KEEP GUSHING! Anytime I stood up or changed positions, a gush of water would come out. My whole birth story is rather long but it involves a terrible blizzard, undriveable roads, a call to 911, firemen shoveling my neighborhood roads and an ambulance trip. GOOD TIMES! LOL

Susan said...

Whether it's a gush or a trickle kinda depends upon what position you are in and what position the baby's head is in in relation to the birth canal. If you are standing, the baby's head can act as a cork (wink).

With 3 of my 4 babies, my water didn't break until I was in labor and delivery. But with number 3, my water broke 3 weeks and a day before my estimated due date. And it was a gush. It was mid afternoon and I had just been sitting at the computer checking my email. When I stood up, gush! I had to wrap a towel around myself, lol. And then go hunt the baby carseat out of the back of a closet and pack a bag. All with a towel wrapped around me like a diaper. Not something I'm going to forget.

Jenny said...

I went into labor at 1:30 p.m. and got to the hospital at 3:30. By 6:30, they broke my water and Abby was born at 8:25 p.m.

My sister's water broke at 34 weeks, but it wasn't a gush. My nephew was born less than 3 hours later!

TheAngelForever said...

With my first pregnancy, I stood up from the couch to stretch while reading a book early Saturday evening. As I did, I felt a pop and gush. My husband said he has never seen me run so fast in my life. I was 38 weeks and never expected to hear the sound. I was barely 1 cm when I got to the hospital and did not progress over night.

With my second kiddo, I was getting out of bed at about 5 in the morning to go to the bathroom (the little guy was bouncing on my bladder). When I took up, that popping noise happened once again. Getting to the hospital with that happening is the most uncomfortable/messy thing. When I got out of the car the second time, I ruined my favorite pair of shoes. When I checked in I was 3-4 cm and then stopped dilating naturally. This time around I refused pitocin without meds first.

Mom of the Twinkies and Tot! said...

I was on bed rest from 32 weeks on with my first, at 36 weeks I was sitting in the waiting room of the doctor's office with my mom waiting for my weekly appointment. We were talking when all of a sudden I felt a pop & a warm gush. I looked at my mom & said, "I think my water just broke." Luckily my docs office was righ next door to the hospital. A nurse got a wheel chair & just wheeled me over. She said it was the first time anyone's water had spontaneously broke in the office, they had only had times when a patient was being checked & it popped. It was surreal & the moment I knew there was no turning back, haha!

Lindsay said...

Mine happened JUST like in the movies! I went through my pregnancy (my first) thinking it was just a "movie thing" and expecting a little leak. I got up from the dinner table, walked into the bathroom and right in the doorway -- GUSH!!!!!!!! -- completely flooded the floor. It didn't stop the whole way to the hospital. *shudder*

Katie@a mom, a wife, and a me said...

With my first it was while I was pee-ing stood up and "went" again :) lol the second was done during the induction, the 3rd was at the library and I honestly thought for a moment I peed on the floor but the nurse who happened to be in the asile with me jumped into action... and it wasnt just a trickle and my kids were freaked out... the last time I begged and begged and begged for them to induce us so I wouldnt have to live thorugh that again :)

Melanie said...

with my first (born 4 days before due date) I had the urge to pee at around 3am, and when I stood up and took a few steps it started gushing out pretty bad. I figure it "gushed" because my son was breech and there was no head blocking the cervix. I was scheduled for a c-section at 11am that day..I guess he couldn't wait 8 more hours! lol.
what frightens me is I was at the mall for 3 hours the day before! yikes, it could have broke while i was shopping!!
yet with my second (born on her due date) I was in labor for 42 hours, then they had to break my water...so who knows when or why they break on their own, but sometimes they do!

Stephanie said...

Mine broke as I was getting out of bed in the morning. No contractions or anything, just water gushing out. Lol. I was wanting a natural birth so I did a bit of walking to get the contractions started. I didn't go into labor until about 7 pm that night. I kept a towel between my legs most of the day to keep the water from going everywhere. As my baby dropped lower, it seemed to stop the flow of water a bit!

Megan said...

Mine was just a trickle until I arrived in L&D - when the internal exam was performed THEN it was a gush, lol. I felt the nurse deserved that gush after rolling her eyes at me as I being admited, saying, "Yeah, this one THINKS she's in labor." I most definitely was in labor!

Blake said...

With my twins, I was on bed rest in the hospital for 3 weeks prior to having them, because of preterm labor and contractions. They let me go home on moderate rest at 35 weeks. I went to bed at ten that night and got up to pee at midnight. When I was getting back in bed, I felt a small gush as I laid down. I got back up to go to the bathroom and check stuff out because I thought maybe it was some cream from a yeast infection treatment leaking out LOL Nothing else happened so I went back to bed, but I felt it again as I laid down in bed. I went back to the bathroom and felt a little more as I was walking, and a little more as I was getting off the toilet. I tried to go back to sleep because there was no real pain and no more leaking. But then I couldn't sleep because the back pain kicked in. I was texting my friend who had just had her baby a couple months ago, and we were trying to figure out if it was really my water or not. At one point I wiped and there was a big glob of clear stringy mucus....I told my friend and she said get your ass to the hospital, that is your water! The pain was unbearable at this point. So my water broke at midnight, we left the house at 1, got to the hospital at 1:20ish, and our twins were born at 3:58 and 4:31 a.m.! With Mason, I knew what to expect as far as what it felt like to have my water break. I was with my girlfriend for the day at her house, and had had contractions all morning. I had put a call in to my midwife and she said to hang out and relax and if things changed or my water broke, head on in. My friend said "Your water better not break on my bed!" She was joking of course, and we were sitting on her bed talking, and all of a sudden I felt the small gush that was all too familiar...I ran to the bathroom and it just kept coming out! Mason was born 4.5 hours later. :-) To me, it feels like uncontrollable pee...like it just flows out and you try to stop it but you can't LOL It's a weird sensation to explain but so cool. :-)

Mommy Katie said...

with my daughter, it broke when I sat up right before the dr. was supposed to come in and break it and it was a gush, with my son, the dr. broke it, I hope that this time I dont end up having an embarrassing water break in public or even in my own bed, at the hospital they put those pads under you then change the bed right away, lol.

Krystyn said...

With my second my water broke at home (I was only like 1cm). I was standing in the kitchen after taking a bath (in a towel) and there was a trickle down my leg. No gush...her head was right there. Honestly, I think if you do have a gush, it's dangerous as the cord could prolapse..but with the trickle, you know the head is right there:)

Xmas Dolly said...

Where the hell have I been? With my head in the sand? CONGRATS GIRL! I'm sorry guess I wasn't paying attention. So when you due oh never mind I'll check back a few Posts I'm sure I'll see it. How absolutely wonderful. Yes, I've had five pregnancies. First one they had to break & then all hell let loose she was ready to come into the world RIGHT NOW! Second one just about the same My third broke in the car - what a mess! Fourth, my bag broke at home, but girl I was freaking huge & my baby boy was 8lbs 10 oz. & he's still a BIG BOY (loves mom's Lasagna). My last baby was a preemie, but I was at the hospital sitting on the side of the bed when my water bag just wen POP! & MY little miracle baby was 3lbs 2oz & is studying to be a nurse & has a 4 yr. old little boy of her own. So sweetie what I'm trying to say is whatever happens happens & you'll still be having a beautiful happy healthy baby! CONGRATS AGAIN!

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April G said...

Same with me- 2 of my 3 kids' waters were broken by the doctor/midwife. With my first I had a natural labor, but I was at 9 freaking cms and the midwife finally said if I let him break that bulging bag I'd probably get to 10 and he'd come right out. This'll sound weird, but it felt GREAT when he broke my water! It relieved a lot of pressure.

I was induced a few days shy of my due date with my twins, and I was laboring and not feeling much in the hospital when all of a sudden baby A's water broke with a pop and a lot of gushing. Her twin brother wasn't so accommodating though, and the OB broke his water. So, yeah, only one spontaneous rupture, but it was during an induction when I was on a pitocin drip, and I was sitting in bed at the hospital.

whocg23 said...

With my son (1st) my water broke when I was on the bed going from the triage room to my labor room. I was already through transition by the time we got to the hospital and ready to push. no gush really. didn't even know it happened.
with my second baby, I was again about to give birth when it finally broke. that time it was a total gush all over the birthing ball in my hospital room.
I think the gush and non gush is also an issue of how the baby is in there. I have always heard it explained more that there is not so much gushing when the head is down more and such. thought that wasn't really the case with my second as her head was all but out when my water broke. lol

Nanbon44 said...

I woke from a nap to a wet bed, so I knew something wasn't right, got up to go to the bathroom and again water ran down my leg... So I got in the shower and then called the doctor...

Nanbon44 said...

by the way Hollywood does over dramatize quite often...of course now, my step daughter went to the hospital with mild contractions, nurse checked her and said it would be a couple of hours till the baby came.. She went into the bathroom and yelled for her husband to call the nurse as she was about to deliver.. and she did deliver in the bathroom...

Cher said...

Mine broke on its own with our 2nd child. It broke after my shower so I didn't notice under I realized the dripping wasn't from me being wet from coming out of the shower. It then dripped pretty heavily (soaked through my shorts) for 2 hrs until my husband got home and we got to the hospital. When I walked in the hospital lobby it gushed out so bad that a lady in the lobby walked up to me and told me that there was a bathroom right behind me. I yelled at her that I am not stupid, I'm in labor! I continued to leak for hrs! I asked the dr how I could still be leaking and she said is was baby pee!

Jena said...

Mine broke around 2am, after I'd been in early labor for 24 hours. My husband said, "Are you sure your water broke? You're sure you didn't just pee a little or something?" Ha! But it wasn't a lot of fluid--most of the amniotic fluid made its appearance after my daughter's head appeared.

fancygrlnancy said...

with my first I got up to go into the kitchen to wash dishes and my water broke. It was on my due date and only had a few contractions all day. It broke and partially gushed and I changed clothes like 3 or 4 times before my friend got there to drive me to the hospital. And before she got there the tree guys that were cutting down my tree knocked on the door.. It was crazy!! I just knew my water would break at home. And everyone kept saying that never happens. It did to me. Lucky I had been home about an hour or so because I was at the store before that and my water breaking at the store would have been super embarrassing.

http://livingatthewhiteheadszoo.blogspot.com/ said...

With my first two the Dr. broke my water but with baby #3 it broke at home. I thought I had peed my pants and was so embarassed every time I stood up I would have the same. So, called the Dr. went in and as it turns out had not peed my pants I was having a baby .

Michelle said...

It didn't happen to me but a friend was at the mall with her younger brother when he water broke. Talk about embarrassing!

Becca said...

This seems to be a recurring topic in my life lately. I recently read an article about pregnancy in Cosmo and one man asked what it means when your water breaks, how you stop the water from coming out forever, etc. It made me realize that I know absolutely nothing about this part of childbirth!

okasanbear said...

My water broke when I was in bed (#2 child) and I got up and I am talkin it was gushing and I was getting water all over the place. I couldnt even walk into the carpeted room to grab my bag for the hospital, and riding in the car for the hour drive was pretty funny too, we had garbage bags, towels, towels between my legs and it was crazy. Got to the hospital and they put me in a wheelchair and I left a trail of water all the way up to the labor dept. So it does happen!!!!

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

My water broke at home while I was climbing the stairs. It was just a trickle. The gush didn't happen until I was at the birthing center and dilated 7 cm

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I never had it happen to me either. The doctor did it both times, but it has to happen to some people!

Carolyn said...

The second time I was in labor at home getting ready to leave for the hospital and ofcourse I wanted to put fresh sheets on the bed for when I got home. I bent over and felt like a balloon pop. As a stood up it was a heavy trickle not a gush. I did go threw three over night pad from house to hospital approx 45mins. I must add contraction become intense and very close. From every 15 to every 2!! At the hospital the nurse kinda smooshed the rest out.

heinzmom at hotmail dot com said...

On the couch and I swear I heard it like a water balloon popping(although no one else has ever said this) It was kinda a lot, it definitely wasn't a tickle but it also doesn't stop after the gush.. oh the joys of motherhood.
michelle
www.sometimesuwin.com

That Bald Chick said...

That cartoon is hilarious. With my son, I thought I had wet myself! I had just laid down, when my leg felt wet. Got up and went to the bathroom, felt/heard something pop, and then a gush of water. Funny thing was, when I got to the hospital, they had to repop it, because it popped near the top, so only part of the fluid came out.

Anonymous said...

water broke while we were sitting down to dinner I think I heard it more than felt it if that makes sense didn't leak much but you could tell what it was
ended up doing a c section 12 hours later big boy no dilation progress lol
however the big gush came the next morning they finally came in to get me up (I can sleep a week after surgery) when I stood up realized noone had thought to put underware and a pad on me it was fine while I slept not good when I stood up

MrsFoxsSweets said...

The first 2 kids, the doc had to break it. #3 was on a superbowl Sunday. I told my husband not to go to that party, I was going to have the baby (4 weeks early) and Whooosh, a flood! I was standing on the carpet in the living room. I just screamed, I wouldnt move and just hollard get me some towels! After that it continued to trickle all the way to the hospital and for hours while I waited. So the gush can happen, I just happened to be at home!

~ April said...

With our first, I was asleep in bed after a full day of contractions and wondering if it was labor. After about two hours of sleep, I woke to a feeling like I was peeing the bed and couldn't make it stop. That's how we finally knew it was labor.
With the next two, my water broke around 7-8cm in the hospital.
The last one I had again been having contractions, but was unsure if I was in real labor or not. I sat down on the toilet and it all gushed like with all the others.
I must not have a very strong bag of waters because it gushes out every time.

plastic cards said...

Thank god mine just broke in my home because as you said, it would be embarassing!

Blake said...

it's definitely a sensation similar to peeing...my friend actually never even called her doc or anything when hers was leaking, because she was obviously almost at her due date and just figured her bladder was a little weaker and she was leaking a little pee every now and then...when really, it was her water that had broke, it just wasn't gushing everywhere like the movies tell you! LOL

Jen @ After The Alter said...

Oh boy...I had no progress at all then 1 night..2 weeks before my due date. I was laying in bed, and I felt a bit of a pop...and then water...I wasn't sure if I peed the bed, so I stood up and it just kept dripping! it was alot..but more of a tricking, but I am sure if I stood in one place long enough it would've been a lot! I was so glad my water broke though..at least I knew the baby was on the way!

Karen Propes said...

I felt a little pop getting ready for bed. Went to sleep and woke up running to the bathroom, it seemed to just drip by then. My ex-husband had to take a shower and get some things together so he would not be bored at the hospital. We waited about 3 hours. I had already started having contractions earler in the day. He even wanted to ride around to make sure it was the real thing. My water had stopped by that time but I'm thinking there must be a hole in the floorboard when I pushed against it on the way. By the time he got me to the hospital, I said I need a wheelchair, Of course he ignored me and a little old man in the lobby came up to me with a wheelchair and said young lady you look like you need a wheelchair. (such special people helping others) I delivered within 10 minutes, and yes she was perfect. I do in courage walking I think that really helped me prepare for this most strange but wonderful day, My daughter's birthday. And yes I don't live with him anymore, the divorce settled that little matter!

Sloane Rossi said...

My water "broke" 2/6 times. Both times it was more like leaking than breaking. Both times I was lying in bed and felt a pop, but nothing began leaking until /i got out of bed. No puddles. I was watching a birth show this morning and the lady's water broke and there was a large puddle under her, so I guess it can happen that way. I hate it when my water breaks because it makes labor much more painful. I almost got an epidural with my last baby (2 months old) because of it.

Mommy With Selective Memory said...

I thought my water broke with my first, so they let me stay to have the baby even though they were about to send me home. Seven hours later, the doctor finally broke my water for real and we thought it was so funny that we could have made that mistake. When it really breaks, there is water everywhere, at least there was for me, so I didn't make that mistake on my 2nd!! LOL. Thanks for stopping by my site!

Home care lake norman said...

The cartoon in your post made me laugh so hard!
But I had the same question, I am glad to now know more about the subject, it's so much more comforting as a young pregnant mom!

Grace Pamer said...

Hi Dee! My water also never broke of its own accord and so the doctor always had to do it. I'm glad I didn't have to deal with a huge gush of water though. With Love, Grace

sgumer said...

i have never seen this happen either. seen it on tv, but not in real life.

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