What Does Water Breaking Feel Like?

The signs of water breaking include feeling a slow leak or a sudden gush of water.

Some women feel a slight pop, while others might feel fluid coming out in bursts as they change positions.

The color of the fluid when your water breaks is usually clear or pale yellow, and the fluid has no smell.

How do you know if your water broke or if you just peed?

The sensation is different for everyone. For some, it’s a slow trickle or a discharge feeling (you may think you’ve suddenly become incontinent!). For others, it’s that Hollywood-style gush, like you just completely peed your pants. Still others hear a pop and feel pressure, then relief, once the bag breaks.

Can your water break slowly?

If your waters break as a slow trickle or a leak it could be because the sac has a small opening where the amniotic fluid is draining. The water generally dribbles away intermittently (over hours or days) with movement from either you, your baby or with a contraction.

What happens after your water breaks?

After your water breaks, contractions usually follow within 12 to 24 hours, if they’re not underway already. However, in some cases, women have their water break before their bodies are ready to start the labour process. Premature rupture of the membranes (PROM) usually requires induction to get things moving.