Fluid Leakage

Sometime near your due date, you may feel a sudden gush or steady trickle of fluid from your vagina. This is a normal sign of labor. It means the amniotic sac has ruptured and the fluid surrounding your baby has started to drain. Your doctor may want you to go right to the hospital or wait for several hours. It's also normal if your water doesn't break before labor. It may break during labor, or your doctor may rupture the amniotic sac in the hospital. If you are not near your due date, it could still be your water breaking. So call your doctor if you  have any questions about what is happening.

Call Doctor If:

  • You have a gush or steady trickle of a clear or straw-colored odorless fluid. Write down the time, how much fluid is released, and what it looks like.
  • You aren't sure if you are leaking amniotic fluid or urine. Urine usually leaks when you cough, laugh, or sneeze. Amniotic fluid leaks continuously.

Step-by-Step Care:

  • Get ready to go to the hospital if you are having a hospital birth. Labor could start any time! Call your doctor for instructions about when to head to the hospital.
  • Don't put anything into your vagina. This helps protect you and your baby from infection.
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD on May 12, 2016

Sources

SOURCES:

National Health Service: "What is the Amniotic Sac?"

Nemours Foundation: "Pregnancy Calendar: Week 39."

Cleveland Clinic: "Labor and Delivery."

American College of Nurse Midwives: "When Does the Bag of Waters Break?"

MedicineNet: "Labor and Delivery."

Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health: "Pregnancy: Body changes and discomforts."

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