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Really what are the chances of my waters breaking without warning?

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redandyellowandpinkandgreen Sun 19-Sep-10 13:44:44

My mum thinks I should get a plastic sheet for my mattress but I thought you would get some sort of warning first. What are the chances of your waters going in the night with no warning? And do I need a plastic sheet?

IControlSandwichMonkey Sun 19-Sep-10 13:49:01

Mine went on the sofa with no warning.

My friend has 4. All 4 times went in bed without warning.

They're more likely to go in labour and often leak as opposed to go with a gush but it does happen.

moonstorm Sun 19-Sep-10 13:51:23

Get a sheet grin

It depends how your baby is lying as to what happens when they break (I have been told...) ie if your baby is engaged, then the head acts like a plug and the water can come out slowly. If your baby is breech (like mine was...) there is no plug. When mine went without warning at 35 weeks, it was rather impressive and soaked the settee and the carpet...

I've have a sheet on since about 30 weeks...

On the other hand, they may not break until the middle of labour!

BarrelOfMonkeys Sun 19-Sep-10 13:52:06

We got a mattress protector, which is sort of rubber-backed towelling and not too awful. My waters went (or at least some did) with no warning in the middle of the kitchen. However the sheet has been very useful as DD has spilled milk/puked/had a leaky nappy in our bed many times since, so the sheet stays on!!

PacificDogwood Sun 19-Sep-10 13:54:02

Get a sheet.

Take electric blanket out of bed grin.

Mine went without any warning in the middle of the night whilst I was not moving a muscle and lying flat on my back. DS4 was born 3 hours later shock! And I was amazed how much water there was...

Having said that, with my other 3 my waters did not break of their own accord (induction x1, emCS x1, spontanous labour with artificial rupture of membranes just before delivery).

Good luck smile!

MollieO Sun 19-Sep-10 13:55:57

Mine went whilst I was doing a wee. Wasn't sure if it was my waters breaking or whether I'd lost control of my bladder. Was 33 weeks hence the confusion. Hospital weren't convinced so gave me antibiotics and steroid injection and sent me home. Had ds the following day.

FloraFinching Sun 19-Sep-10 13:57:16

My last midwife insisted that waters don't suddenly "pop" and gush like they do on telly.

One pop, gush and a ruined sofa later, and I have just started using a disposable mat under the sheet (had some left over from potty training) on my bed at 35 weeks.

kimbles1984 Sun 19-Sep-10 13:58:11

mine went whilst walking down a back street without warning, i was alone, had to tie my coat around my waist for the journey home...i was on my way home from seeing the midwife too, who had just been asking me if i had any signs of labour yet smile

mousymouse Sun 19-Sep-10 14:01:09

mine went without warning both times. matress protector is a good idea anyway, comes in useful with all the spills, leaks when baby is there.

mousymouse Sun 19-Sep-10 14:04:02

you can get nice matress protectors from ikea which are like fitted sheets and don*t feel plasticy at all.

D0G Sun 19-Sep-10 14:06:53

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

FloraFinching Sun 19-Sep-10 14:11:48

sorry, wrong link.
these are the large disposable mats.

chestnut100 Sun 19-Sep-10 15:54:18

mine went with an enormous gush, absolutely no warning, in the midwife's office. Had a large show at the same time, it was all a bot shocking and gory! Would definitely have wanted a sheet down if it happened when i was in bed. Was planning on gonig to Sainsburys straight after the midwife, so thank god they went when they did!

mumatron Sun 19-Sep-10 17:20:25

mine went while driving. big pop and loads of water everywhere.

will definatley be using a sheet just incase this time

ILoveDonaldDraper Sun 19-Sep-10 18:38:11

only 15% of women's waters break spontaneously and before the onset of labour.

NickOfTime Sun 19-Sep-10 18:41:54

two of mine went in bed without warning. 6am both times. <weird>

the other one was an elcs, so i do wonder if that would have been 3 for 3.

you'll be pleased to know that i also managed to miss the mattress protector on one occasion hmm

NickOfTime Sun 19-Sep-10 18:43:24

<am curious what the 'warning' to your waters breaking might be, though...>

BikeRunSki Sun 19-Sep-10 18:46:26

Mine went with a bang, 2 weeks early and with no other signs of imminent labour just as I was getting into bed. Got out just in time - our mattress was far more expsensive than the carpet!

LittleWhiteWolf Sun 19-Sep-10 18:52:00

Mine went with almost a warning. Had had a sweep at 4 o'clock by mw and was at home feeling all crampy and rough. Went to the loo and leaked a bit on the way and was sat on bed discussing whether that was wee or waters starting with DH (ah pregnancy is so attractive!) when I suddenly went "ooh" and stood up and my waters gushed all over the floor. Had a funny feeling low in my bump, which I reckon was DD having a sudden push against them and they went. But I had a nano second before they went. Had I been lying in bed at the time I'd've had a ruined mattress!

I'd go for the protector!

mejon Sun 19-Sep-10 20:35:52

Mine went in bed in the early hours of the morning as I turned over. It was a further 32ish hours before my contractions started! I'll be getting some of those disposable bedwetting pads for this time just in case.

3plusbump Sun 19-Sep-10 21:39:38

With 2 out of 3 of my Dcs my waters broke in bed!

Am 33 weeks with DC4 and have put a towel under my sheet only this afternoon - just in case

KERALA1 Sun 19-Sep-10 21:43:08

Mine broke middle of the day without any warning a huge gush. Would invest in a plastic sheet think cleaning a mattress is a hassle you wont want grin

seashore Sun 19-Sep-10 21:46:52

I didn't bother with my first - waters broke in hospital anyway.

My second I put a full plastic sheet, lucky because I wound up giving birth on my bed - a speedy unplanned home birth - the sheet saved the bed.

TheBreastmilksOnMe Sun 19-Sep-10 21:49:30

I bought a cheap waterproof fitted sheet from Tesco for a couple of quid a few weeks before my due date with DC1 but I never needed it as I had ARM and an e c-sect. I will be using it again though this time around, just in case. I'd rather spend a couple of pounds on a waterproof sheet then a few hundred on a brand new kingsize mattress!

BooBooGlass Sun 19-Sep-10 21:49:47

I was pretty lucky with mine really. I was stepping out of the bath when I felt them go pop. Even then I wasn't sure, went into the bedroom to dry myself, went to the loo and realised I couldn't stop peeing blush Went straight into a full throttle labour from there though, from literally nothing. Waters brome and 3 hours later, there he was. I think had he not been back to back they woudl have gushed everywhere. As is it, I had to walk up steps to get to the labour ward (god only knows why I was so against gettign in the lift, I must have been a good 5 or 6 cm by the time we got there) and with each step up I lost a lot of water. I pity the cleaners on the labour ward shock

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