Shelbean91, yes, you are right, it is sometimes a small leak that happens once only. But *usually* it is not -- it keeps going. That was what I was saying in my post.
if your care provider did a sterile speculum exam, sometimes you can see fluid leaking from the cervix, which is proof that it is amniotic fluid. It is not always easy to tell -- ferning is the most certain sign.
What the research says about rupture of membranes before labour is that most women at term will go into labour by 24 hours post-ROM. By 48 hours, 90% will have gone into labout, and by 72 hours 95% will go into labour on their own. There is no increased risk to the baby of waiting for labour, but there is a small increased risk of developing a uterine infection (a risk to the mom). Often the first sign of an endometrial infection is fever, pain, or no symptom at all. No vaginal exams, and nothing in your vagina (like fingers, a penis, whatever) can reduce your risk of infection.
If you are GBS positive then a long rupture of membranes increases the small chance that a baby can develop GBS disease.
If you have lost a significant amount of amniotic fluid, baby can tolerate labour less well due to possible cord compression without a good amount of fluid cushioning the cord. An US can measure pockets of fluid, but isn't totally accurate. She may offer you a biophysical profile if the ROM is confirmed.
I would contact your caregiver and discuss it, even if you plan to turn down interventions. It is good to know your options and have someone to check in with.
Anyway, hope this helps.