Most women’s waters break during labour, but it can also happen before labour starts.
Your unborn baby develops and grows inside a bag of fluid called the amniotic sac. When it’s time for your baby to be born, the sac breaks and the amniotic fluid drains out through your vagina. This is your waters breaking.
You may feel a slow trickle, or a sudden gush of water that you cannot control. To prepare for this, you could keep a sanitary towel (but not a tampon) handy if you are going out and put a protective sheet on your bed or car seat.
Amniotic fluid is clear and a pale straw colour. It also may be a little blood-stained to begin with.
If you think your waters have broken or are not sure, please phone us for advice on 01483 464133