Most first-time mums think they will have a huge gush of fluid when their waters break, but that’s not always the case. Some mums are unsure whether their waters have broken because it can be a very slow trickle, and if it is the hind waters that have broken the trickle can sometimes stop. If you are unsure whether your waters have broken, you should call Labour Line (0300 369 0388) so that they can arrange for you to be assessed if necessary.
Amniotic fluid is clear and a pale straw colour. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell amniotic fluid from urine. When your waters break, the water may be a little bloodstained to begin with.
If your waters break before labour starts, call Labour Line. Use a sanitary pad (not a tampon) so your midwife can check the colour of the waters.
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