Adapted excerpt from Stuff I Wish I Knew…About Childbirth.
So we’ve seen it in the movies a million times, the heavily pregnant woman going about her day and all of a sudden a big gush of water flows out from between her legs. Yes, it happens in real life, but not as often as those movies would have us believe. If you anticipate spending the ninth month in constant fear that you’re about to release a puddle onto your lunchroom floor or create a waterfall in aisle three of the supermarket, take a little comfort in knowing that only about fifteen percent of women actually have their water break naturally before going into labour. Also, for many of those women there is no balloon pop sensation and no huge gush of fluid. For some it’s intermittent smaller gushes and for others it’s a slow leak over many hours. It might also be worth noting that even if you do have a huge gush there’s probably more to come and it’s a good idea to have thick maxi pads on hand to catch the rest. And another important thing is that once your water has broken you are more prone to infection; most hospitals want to check you out after your water has broken even if you are not in labour yet, and doctors definitely warn against having sex at this point…in case you were wondering!
I regularly post adapted excerpts from my “Stuff I Wish I Knew…” series of books. My goal is to help new and expectant parents feel a little more prepared for what to expect on the journey to parenthood.
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