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07/05/2013 at 12:31
Can you always tell if your waters have started leaking? Does it definitely feel different from having a little wee?!
It's been bugging me a bit, because I am weeing ALL the time - talking every 45 minutes to an hour all through the day and night, and so often it's just a tiny dribble (sorry!) I've never wet a pad though, or felt like I've wet myself, if my waters had started leaking, is it more likely to happen off the toilet than on, and so would therefore be obvious?
It's only because I had some labour signs last week that it's on my mind, as I'm only 38+2. I just don't want to be really stupid, missing possible slow leaking and risking infection, but my gut tells me the labour signs (which have now disappeared) were just one of those random things and I should get those, and possible water obsessions out of my head as giving birth will still be ages away!
07/05/2013 at 12:42
I could tell with mine, but then again they felt like they had BURST, and then just kept going. I had no control like you do with a wee. You know how you can 'hold' a wee even if you are feeling desperate? I couldn't do that with my waters. If you've never wet a pad, I doubt your waters have gone already. Willing to be corrected but that's how it was for me. Also if I sat down for a bit (once the waters had initially broken), then they must have 'pooled' as I could feel a mini-gush when standing up, so if you can always contain yourself until you get to the loo then again that would point to intact waters!
07/05/2013 at 12:49
Thanks Saisi, the rational part of me thought that must be the case. I had just heard of some people having 'leaking' waters, not 'burst' waters if that makes sense, but as you say, I can always control it, it's not like I've ever felt that I've wet myself - thank heavens for small mercies hey!
07/05/2013 at 13:13
My waters trickling soaked through a pad and my undies, not enough for be a whoosh, that came 3 hours later, but the smell also made it clear it wasn't wee, and mine were also blood streaked.
07/05/2013 at 13:58
My water started trickling from 3am. I was in bed at the time but when I woke I just felt a bit damp, rather than urine I wondered if it was just heavy discharge. Through out the morning I was filling a pad every 2-3 hours, so hardly gushing, but it didn't feel like I was doing a wee, there was no heavy bladder feeling.
My friend was losing fluids in the last few weeks of her pregnancy, which was identified through scans, but she was never damp, so she can only assume it was when we was peeing twice an hour. If you're concerened speak to your mw, but I'd be sruprised if it is your waters.
07/05/2013 at 14:29
I had the trickling rather than a gush and it definitely felt different to having a wee! I had no control and kept soaking pads.
07/05/2013 at 15:51
Thanks everyone, feel very reassured now. Makes total sense that if they had been leaking even a little, I'd be damp and it wouldn't be happening when I'm on the loo, every time - that would surely be too much of a coincidence. Feel better now I've said it out loud, as even though I knew it would be unlikely, it was niggling me slightly!
07/05/2013 at 16:16
Sorry to be the only one who is different. My waters 'leaked' the 1st time and when I went in to be checked I fully expected to be sent home having been told I'd wet myself. No, my hind waters had gone and I was induced 2 days later. The 2nd time, I thought the same thing had happened and went in to be told it was prob heavy discharge, but sent home wearing a pad and had to come back a few hours later for them to confirm this (as it was the early hours of the morning, I was not impressed)!
When I finally went into labour with my 2nd, I had a huge wee and again thought they'd gone, but they still hadn't and were actually broken when I was about 6cm gone.
From my experiences, if you're not sure go and be checked. I was convinced they'd not gone the 1st time, but they had and they didn't mind when I had the false alarms the 2nd time due to my previous history. I was told that they've now changed the rules and you have to be induced with 24hrs of them going, when with my first it was 48hrs, so they're obviously more concerned about infection.
08/05/2013 at 21:13
Sorry LWO, just seen this. I have a MW appointment in the morning so will ask her, just to be sure. As I haven't wet a pad or anything, I'm thinking it probably is unlikely, but then as BG said, it happened with her friend so probably is best to air on the side of caution. I didn't expect to be confused with all this TBH, it's like the 2ww all over again! Thanks for your advice.
08/05/2013 at 21:51
They can tell by examining you as water can be seen 'pooling' apparently, so you could ask your MW to take a look. However it is common to have a lot of heavy discharge at your stage and this is what I was experiencing 2nd time around, but it felt the same as when they had actually gone the 1st time, so I can totally understand how confusing it is. When they did break my waters in labour the 2nd time, it was like pulling a tap out of the bath, so I would have known if they had gone properly I'm sure!
09/05/2013 at 19:32
Thanks again LWO. Funnily enough, she did say when checking baby that it was 'all baby, tightly packed, and not a lot of water' so I asked about this and explained my concerns. She said though it's possible to start leaking while having a wee, I would definitely continue to leak afterwards, which I haven't at all. She also said it didn't feel like there wasn't enough water, just that baby wasn't floating around it - i.e. that it was snug and possibly big!
Feel much better now though that I've said it out loud, and all seemed well with baby :)
09/05/2013 at 20:25
That's great. good to put your mind at rest. Not long to go now anyway! I hope when they go it is with a proper gush so you have no doubt about it!
09/05/2013 at 20:40
Ha ha yes, after all my fretting they'll probably gush all over the sofa and be very obvious indeed!
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