Originally Posted by bertrandsgirl
I don't mean to contradict PP, but it can't hurt to tell your midwife. In Dr. Robert Bradley's book (which I just had to reread), he lists the reasons for getting medical care at signs of a rupture in the amniotic sac as: 1) meaning labor could be imminent, 2) risk of cord emerging into canal before fetus (rare, but they have to check and rule this out once there is a rupture so that the fetus is safe), 3) increased chance of infection.
I agree with you 100% with the reasons for calling your caregiver if you know or strongly suspect your bag of waters is no longer intact. No need to worry about contradicting me - those are all valid reasons!
I just want to relate my story from my second pregnancy because I feel it's a good case of 'clock watching'. When my water broke, it gushed
, several times over, so there was really no guesswork in it. I made my way to the hospital within a couple of hours and was monitored for signs of infection and the like. I felt safer there because I was sure that they could pick up any signs of infection I might miss.
However, by 12 hours my labour still wasn't progressing (I only managed to get from 1-4cm). They wanted to start antibiotics because it's their 'protocol' after that length of time, even without signs of infection. I fought it at first, then agreed. Once I agreed, they wanted to start some Pitocin to get my contractions heavier. I refused for a good while, but eventually caved due to feekubg frustrated at my slow-to-progress labour and the constant nagging from the staff. It was easier to back down because I already had the IV in me for the antibiotic. The Pit wore me down because it was painful and there was very regular monitoring that took me out of my 'zone' while I was trying to work on my contractions.
After 27 hours, I ended up with a cesarean for 'failure to progress'. While it turns out my son's cord was wrapped snuggly around his body and wouldn't let him turn or decend and thus was, in my opinion, a very justified cesarean, if that hadn't have been the case - had it just been a very slow labour that would have eventually produced a baby through the birth canal - I would have had a very hard time dealing with how 'the clock' was started because of my waters breaking. Does that make sense? In retrospect, I would have liked to hang out at home a little while longer and possibly fudge when my water broke to begin with. There are risks to that and it should be weighed heavily, but there were also risks to the interventions done in the hospital.
To the OP: I think it's wise to check in if you strongly suspect it to be amniotic fluid. But by the sounds of it, it may have just been a lot of vaginal discharge (mine is very watery right now) or possibly urine. I'm glad you managed to get some sleep last night, regardless. I hope you get some more definitive answers today