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#1 libbylu

Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:31 AM

I am two days overdue and have been having some strong braxton hicks contractions on and off.  This morning I had four strong ones about 5 mins apart and when I got out of bed and went to the toilet I lost my mucous plug and some fluid (but a trickle not a gush).  Since then I have been leaking very slowly - I put on a panty liner and have had to change it three times in three hours but the last time my underwear was all wet around the edges, so now I have put on a massive maternity pad (don't have anything in between!).  I wonder if my waters have broken?  There has been no gush, but the fluid certainly smelled like amniotic fluid on the panty liners.  I am not having any more strong contractions, just mild tightenings.  How do you know if the fluid is your waters or just a bit of random fluid?

#2 Always amazed!

Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:37 AM

Lay down on your left side ( i think) for 20 mins. When you get up if your waters have broken/leaked ect it should gush out a bit .




#3 CupOfCoffee

Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:45 AM

I went to the hospital when I started to have small leakage (I wasn't sure what it was).  They will check if it is your waters (easier if you have been wearing a pad).  

When they determined it was a leak, they checked me and the baby over, and advised I would need to give birth within 48hours to prevent infection.

So I would leave the pad in, and go to the hospital.

#4 Jenferal

Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:55 AM

My waters never gushed either, something to so with how the baby is lying. I'd go to the hospital and get checked out as well, if it's a slow leak I think you can get an infection as stated above.

#5 Ella Minnow Pea

Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:57 AM

That's what happened to me, started at about midnight and I went to the hospital at about 10 in the morning. They tested the pad I was wearing and said it was inconclusive, but then the ob did an exam and my waters had broken. Contractions wouldn't establish so I ended up being induced (though they called it an augmented labour rather than an induction)
When the leaking started it was a very hot night and I thought it was just sweat, though I woke up from a dream that my waters had broken and found my underwear soaked. But because there was no huge gush I kept thinking it was sweat or more plug. I was, obviously, wrong, and I'm glad I got it checked out.

#6 pinkcupcakes

Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:00 AM

QUOTE (Jenflea @ 23/02/2013, 10:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My waters never gushed either, something to so with how the baby is lying. I'd go to the hospital and get checked out as well, if it's a slow leak I think you can get an infection as stated above.



yes this...
just a thought, with my second, i had a show that was like that, i had a slow leak all weekend, and then my waters actually broke on the monday, and i didnt have him til tues morning. so i wonder if it could be more of the show?my hosp was concerned about infection too, i was due to be induced at 9am that tuesday but he decided to start things off at 2am instead! so yeah, get to your hospital/ birthing centre/dr and they should be able to tell you what's going on, in any case. congrats, and all the best! biggrin.gif

#7 jindy poss

Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:10 AM

I had this, left it for 2 days cause when I rang the hospital they didn't seem to concerned. Then my ob rang and asked what was going on and I told him and he wanted me in ASAP. He had to break my waters properly but labour started by itself. Get it checked you could get an infection, I had to be put on AB's.

#8 FeralHez

Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:15 AM

The midwife broke my waters for my induction and there was no gush, just a very small trickle.

Probably worth getting the hospital to check you over. Good luck.

#9 Soontobegran

Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:19 AM

It can depend on the position of your baby's head just how much of a gush there will be, if there head is firmly engaged it may just trickle down past it.
I would recommend you call your caregiver and tell them that you think your membranes have ruptured and let them decide whether they want you to come in an test the fluid or not.
Good luck, exciting times.

#10 Rachael2

Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:14 PM

Sounds like a hind water leak not forewaters. When you have a massive gush thats usually the water before the babies head or presenting part. If its coming from behind the baby it is often a trickle and your less likely to go into strong labour when you start leaking in comparison to the big gush. With a hind water leak the babies head can act as a plug so when you move, cough etc a little trickle will come out again. The thing is after a certain amount of time your still at risk of infection so usually the hospital you are birthing at (if you are and not a homebirth/birthing centre) like to augment the labour within a certain period of time or commence you on antibiotics after a certain amount of time if labour does not establish on its own.

With one of minr I had a massive gush and labour commenced immediately contractions 2 mins apart until DD was born a few hours later. With my next DD I had a hind water leak the day before she was born. The next day infection had set in (I had a temp and DD's heart rate was very high) so I was induced and antibiotics started.

#11 Dragonfly2

Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:00 PM

I had this happen with my  3rd, I started leaking 3am sat (my edd), had some strong irregular contractions from then til about 8 am, thinking it would ramp up but it fizzled out instead.

Went to the hospital at 7pm sat night 16 hrs after trickle started to get checked out. Had an internal was told nothing was happening cervix-wise was long and hard. But middy thought that she could still feel my membranes intact (also gave me an SS at same time), thus was pretty sure it was a hind water leak. Risk of infection was relatively low, as long as I avoided anymore internals. But noises were made about induction the next day, I insisted on going home, but was told I would need to come back the next day if nothing was happening. We were fine with this.

I really wanted to avoid an induction as I wanted a water birth, we went home  that night and at 3am 24hrs after my waters started leaking, my body caught up to what was happenning and my contractions kicked in and by 5am I had to put on my tens machine and by 7am they were biting so off we went to hospital. I think the middys didnt believe I was in establised labour so I was "checked" in the clinic room and yep at 8am I was 4cm, off to the birthing suite and my gorgeous bubba floated into the world at 11am. 32hrs after the1st trickle.

I wanted to mention that after birth , it was noted by my awesome middy that bubs was born in her membranes and so she could see the hole where i had been leaking from, it was a hind water leak. She advised as it was there was a very minimal risk of infection, but if your concerned you can have antibiotics. Which was offered to me when I arrived in active labour but I chose not to have them at that late stage. A fact that was pointed out to me by an middy if your baby was preterm and you had a hind leak they wouldnt be concerned about infections (to induce labour, just give antibiotics).

So dont let them bully you into an induction, have one intertnal to confirm whether it is hind or full rupture. Then dont have any more internals as they will increase your risk of infection. Then give your body at least 24hrs to catch up to what is happening and if still nothing then maybe go for the antibiotic to safe guard bubs, If it is hind leak they have been known to reseal too, so the risk of infection is very different from hind leaks to full rupture. Good luck.

I think my hind went before my body was ready because bubs put foot through them, but given enough time my body was able to react and knew what it had to do.


#12 Natttmumm

Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:02 PM

I had the same and went to the hospital ( was booked to be induced anyway) and it was fluid. The doc broke the water bag and it flooded out. He did say there was a leak anyway

#13 libbylu

Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:41 PM

Thanks all - I have called my private midwife and left a message. I am sure she will get back to me at some stage today.  The leak continues, albeit slowly, so I am sure it is fluid coming from somewhere in there.
Unfortunately I don't think I can be induced (not prostoglandins or syntocinon anyway) as I am attempting a VBAC and the Ob I have seen at the hospital said it is too risky for the uterine scar, so just hope my body gets going in the next 24 hours of it's own accord.  I think breaking the waters properly would be an option if necessary. My midwife is extremely experienced and I am sure she will have some suggestions when she calls back.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!!!!!

#14 Alwayswantingmore

Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:49 PM

How exciting!!! Good luck!!!

#15 Lady Lovely Locks

Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:52 PM

Good luck! and try and rest a bit now while you can original.gif

#16 Dragonfly2

Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:06 PM

Fingers and toes crossed, good luck!!! Let us know how you go.

#17 pinkcupcakes

Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:14 PM

fx, op! heres to a fabulous birth. * clinks water bottle against computer screen* wub.gif

#18 PonyoLand

Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:59 PM

I only leaked, no gushing. Took me hours to call my OB after finally deciding it might be amniotic fluid, and he then ordered me to hosp where they checked and I got scolded for not coming in sooner. (I was only 34 weeks though)
Here's hoping your little one decides to make a safe appearance soon! Congrats original.gif



#19 Shellby

Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:22 PM

I had leaking with my first, I wasn't induced until nearly 48 hours later, was given IV ABs even though I had no signs of infection such as a temp - labour was fine but within 24 hours of birth my son was very sick, nearly died and was rushed 3 hours away to ICN in the city with me following behind.

I never had the gushes, so guessing it was a small leak and I didn't get one contraction or even niggle - so even small leaks can cause big issues for your baby infection wise. I never had a temp, I had all the meds and my baby still nearly died - so I tell people not to muck around with waters breaking and no labour - always call your doctor and get it checked out - big or little.

I hope all goes well even if you don't get your VBAC, enjoy your newborn cuddles coming soon.

#20 Feralishous

Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:58 PM

I had a leak for 3 days, my waters broke when I went to get checked out.

#21 Toothfairy01

Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:24 PM

I only had a slow trickle. Contractions started 5hours after the trickle and bub was out 4 hours after that. Good luck OP!!!

#22 KBM

Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:40 PM

QUOTE
Unfortunately I don't think I can be induced


I was scared of being induced so I did everything I could to avoid it!  As Im sure your midwife will suggest, stay upright, lots of hip swaying and hip circles.  Helps put bubs head in exactly the right position to tell your body to start/increase contractions, something abou bubs head touching onthe top of your cervix in exactly the right way.  Also helps gravity speed baby along the birth canal.

Both my first two bubs started with a hindwater trickle, both at about 3am.  #1 born at 7pm, #2 born at 10pm, labours long but slow and easy, it was only the last hour or so that was hard.

Good luck!



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