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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.

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.

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Reviewed by Trina Pagano, MD on June 06, 2014

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