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How does one tell if their water has broken or if they are just inexplicably wetting themselves?<br><br>
Seems like a stupid question, but let me explain. With ds#1, they AROM'ed me and the fluid came out in a whoosh during transition. With ds#2, the midwife "accidently" broke my water trying to help me get that last .5 cm to 10, and it also came out in a whoosh and baby was born 10 minutes later.<br><br>
Well, I am sitting here, surfing, 3-4 days over due and I felt a "blurp" and thought well, baby moved, maybe s/he knocked my bladder. So I went upstairs to the bathroom without event and "pee'd". Then I went to my bedroom to change my PJs and basically wet again. But there is no "gush" that yells "AMNIOTIC FLUID HERE!!!" There doesn't seem to be any odor, so it's not yelling "YOU ARE PEE YOURSELF...STOP THAT!!!" either <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"><br><br>
So, have I lost control of myself or do some people really just trickle???<br><br>
Thanks! (as I sit here with a pre-fold in my underpants)<br><br>
Oh, and I should say that I have been having BH contrax for a couple of days, including this evening. And now that I consider it, it is possible that they MIGHT be getting a little stronger as I sit here (though I could be having wishful thinking).<br><br>
So, any thoughts for the woman who has had two babies and should know the answer to this question???
 

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eerr..<br><br>
well with the "BLURP" it could be your water breaking. Trickling happens to some.<br><br>
watch those contractions though...the third can come QUICK.
 

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I guess I thought there would be a pop and gush, but maybe since I have been sitting it wasn't so dramatic.<br><br>
I can only hope for a fast one. After a 41 hour and a 24 hour labor, halfing it again would be a-o.k.
 

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Having had a few doesn't necessarily mean you can tell.<br><br>
My last one was a trickle. Nursed my 2yo to sleep and felt like I was a little ... well, trickle-y. Stood up and still felt trickle-y. moved around and still felt trickle-y. Sat down and still ... you get the picture.<br><br><br>
Will note that with my previous one I had a 'blurp' and then a gush. And with this last one had the 'blurp' after several hours of trickle ... and then a small gush.<br><br><br><br>
Sounds like it to me.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Does the fluid leaking coincide with a contraction? I'd think that would be a good clue. I've only had my water break naturally once, and it was a lot more than what you were describing, but it would be a trickle, then a gush when I had a contraction. Are the BH contrax regular? About 24 hours before dd was born, I had painless, but extremely regular BH contrax. Like my body was practicing or something.<br><br>
Good luck! I hope this is it for you!
 

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I suppose that means I should go to bed and rest or something...which I should do either way. If I'm not in labor, I will likely go to work tomorrow. If I am in labor I will need to conserve my energy...
 

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No, not really (or at least I wasn't paying attention when it first happened). And now I am sitting again, so I don't think I am leaking (though it is hard to say).<br><br>
o.k. I stood up and I am still "trickling"...I will consider that confirmation.<br><br>
Time for bed i guess :LOL
 

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if you have a fish tank you probably have ph strips (if not you can send dh out to walmart) and test the fluid if it turns blue-green to deep blue it's amnio fluid
 

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I guess you're sleeping (which I agree is the best way to go!) but...if it doesn't smell like urine then it's most likely amniotic fluid (does it smell salty at all?). The trickling sounds like it too. Now with a trickle though, there's a chance it can seal up again. You sound close though. Get a good night's sleep, eat some really good, hearty food and take a bath. I have a feeling you're on your way...<br><br><br><br>
~ MamaAllNatural (A doula and mama x 3)
 

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My midwife gave me a test strip, that I never ended up using. You don't happen to have one anywhere?...<br><br>
Some women can just trickle.<br>
For me, I *think* my water might have initially broken when I was sitting on the toilet just about 4 hours after I had my first contraction, and then I noticed my mucous plug had come out. I went to the bathroom, and then just as I went to stand up a new trickle came out, not that much, and I didn't appear to be peeing... it was confusing, since not once during my pregnancy did I have ANY leakage. But I just shrugged it off. I was walking around +2 station for a long time before labour hit, so her head came down so far that my water must have resealed. 44 hours later my midwife tried to break it, but couldn't because it was wrapped so tight around my babe's head. She ended up being born in the caul, but it was knicked - which made me wonder about the trickle I'd had initially.<br><br>
I know someone else who trickled for two days until she finally gave birth. Her hub followed her around with a towel the whole time. :LOL<br><br>
My midwife said if it increases with a contraction, or when you move around, it's probably your waters, especially if you've just gone pee and your bladder is empty!
 

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Mine trickled over several hours. I was sure it wasn't pee but I was only 37 weeks and it was 2 a.m. and sleepy DH didn't believe me! But then contractions started. Eventually we made our way to the birth center and just a few minutes after arriving there I finally had a "gush".
 

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That's how my labor started with my third. I was taking a nap, got up to go to the bathroom, and thought I just didn't get there in time! :LOL When I *kept* wetting myself, even after having gone to the bathroom, I was pretty sure my water had broken. (The midwife later confirmed that it had.)<br><br>
Speedy labor vibes to you! (I hope you're holding your baby as I type!)
 

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when my water broke I gushed and gushed. it felt like I was peeing through my vagina. such a wierd feeling! DH had to use about 10 towels to clean it up as I was running around the house as I was excited.lol. it continued to gush on and off like this btw for like a day!<br><br>
the only way to tell is to use use that paper (litmus?) your mw or dr. can probably check it for you.<br><br>
here is some info for you btw<br><a href="http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/prom.html#Trickle" target="_blank">http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/prom.html#Trickle</a>
 

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Well, I'm pretty sure this is labor. I've started having what I consider "bloody show" (a little) and really crampy contrax about 10-15 apart. So, it will likely be awhile before it happens, but it looks like this might be it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Oh and I was "soggy" all night, but stopped actively trickling at some point. So it is possible that it re-sealed, but that's fine with me. I was a little dissapointed that it broke. Both of my kids probably would have been born in the caul if medical/midwifery staff hadn't interfered. I was hoping this one would go the same way...I suppose it may yet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My #4 DC, my water came out in a gush. With #5, trickling. It was totally different from #4.<br><br>
Congrats!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've gently leaked all three times! So gently that it takes forever for me to realize that my water broke and its not just cervical fluid. The last time my midwife gave me litmus papers to test it. I must have tested a half dozen times because I tend to be so "moist" at the end. But finally one friday night when I was in Chapters looking for some "babymoon" reading material it finally turned bright blue.<br><br>
And in all my cases labour didn't start for a couple of days.
 

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I trickled for 3 1/2 weeks w/dd. It started leaking at 32 weeks and I was hospitalized until she was born at 35 weeks. I did have a gush about 24 hrs before she was born.
 

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woohoo!!!!!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/jumpers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jumpers">:<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> sending you lots of positive labor vibes! hope that baby comes soon!
 

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I hope you slept well last night. If not, get some rest while you can mama! How exciting. Your little one will be here so soon! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 
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