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Waters breaking but midwives say it hasn’t...?

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Birdy1991 · 03/08/2020 11:33

I felt my waters breaking this morning (or what I thought was) three gushes of clear liquid in short succession on the bathroom floor. Pretty sure it wasn’t urine as I couldn’t see where it went at first to clear it up. Phone the triage unit and they had me up there to check, as I had no contractions. After a speculum examination they think it was just discharge. But discharge has never come out like that or ran down my leg as such (sorry tmi).

Has this happened to anyone else? Is there any chance they are wrong? I felt so convinced and I feel like I know my own body but they are the professionals of course. I was so excited at the thought that contractions and then labour might be close but now I feel back to square one.

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ShirleyPhallus · 03/08/2020 11:35

Did they do the dip test with you? It’s basically like a swab that shows if it was amniotic fluid or not.

I had this at about 39 weeks, not waters but some sort of other delightful liquid

Birdy1991 · 03/08/2020 11:38

Don’t think so, they put a speculum up there but didn’t explain how it tested it etc... ? I felt a bit clueless when I left.
Just worried in case I am right due to risk of infection. They also said it seems ‘thrushy’ but I’ve had no itching or signs of thrush whatsoever imo. And thrushy discharge does not come out like water! Argh.

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Missmonkeypenny · 03/08/2020 11:39

I had this. My back waters had gone but not the front ones.

AuditAngel · 03/08/2020 11:39

I had similar, and was subsequently told it was a leak from the “hind waters”

AuditAngel · 03/08/2020 11:40

Meaning higher up, and not continuously leaking. Still an infection risk.

Ironically I had to then have my waters broken

elfycat · 03/08/2020 11:43

Call them up and ask if you had the swab test for amniotic fluid. If they say no go back and insist.

My waters went and I was told I'd probably just wet myself. It was only because I said 'no it smells like amniotic fluid' that they paid attention and asked how I knew (theatre nurse who's done a gazillion c-sections and literally been covered in the stuff on occasions). Sure enough it was amniotic fluid. I had to argue with 2 midwives and a doctor to get the test.

Birdy1991 · 03/08/2020 11:45

I’m scared now. Don’t want to make a fuss but also don’t want to risk an infection.

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slipperywhensparticus · 03/08/2020 11:46

Make a fuss you don't take risks when pregnant x

AluminumMonster · 03/08/2020 11:50

How far along are you? Please make a fuss, or say you're worried about movement and get a scan. You are the only voice for your baby.

Birdy1991 · 03/08/2020 11:51

I’m 40+4 x

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onlyreadingneverposting8 · 03/08/2020 11:51

You have to be your own cheerleader in the NHS. Checking a test was done sounds like a sensible first line of action.

onlyreadingneverposting8 · 03/08/2020 11:53

Also I was always told that they like you to have gone into labour within 24hrs after waters go so you've got a bit of time to 1. Establish what has actually happened and 2. Go into labour xxx

DanceWithYourBalloon · 03/08/2020 11:54

Yep! I woke up at 36 weeks in the dot and felt a gush. Laid down and stood up, it happened again.
Went into get checked and they said my waters were intact. However I had a scan and the excess water I was carrying had obviously mysteriously evaporated!
I went into labour fully at 37 weeks on the dot and it was agreed that I'd been in slow labour for a whole week!

Listen to your body and insist on being checked out again if you need it.

Birdy1991 · 03/08/2020 11:54

Yes @onlyreadingneverposting8 I thought myself I can maybe see how the next few hours go and reassess then. Rather than straight away

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zippityzip · 03/08/2020 12:51

My waters broke - to the extend that everyone in the room saw them go when I stood up.

Went to hospital. Speculum exam. Said nope, and sent me home. I demanded a scan as I knew my waters had broken. They said there was still water around the baby.

Went home, pissed off and overdue. Two hours later went back and had a baby.

Turns out I was right. Just the babies head had plugged the rest of the gush.

If you're not satisfied go back to hospital.

Birdy1991 · 03/08/2020 13:56

@zippityzip interesting... thanks for sharing your experience. Going to keep an eye on any leakages for the rest of the day and see what happens.

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Marmite27 · 03/08/2020 14:10

I went home after my waters went as I had no contractions. They gave me a thermometer to monitor my temperature. Do you have a thermometer to do that to ease your mind where you get sorted?

Needingsupportplease · 03/08/2020 14:42

My baby was born with sepsis which I'm positive was from my waters going 5days previous but was told they hadn't. Trust your gut x

Birdy1991 · 03/08/2020 14:46

@Needingsupportplease how horrible for you. Was he/she ok? Did your waters go dramatically all at once or did they keep leaking throughout the day? What tests did they do?
It’s making me doubt myself now but I was so sure Sad x

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Pinkflipflop85 · 03/08/2020 14:56

Did they keep you in for a little while with a maternity pad in to check?

My waters broke 38 hours before labour started. Thankfully the hospital were really on the ball with us. Both me and dd ended up with sepsis though. If you are really unsure I would keep pushing them and keep an eye on time if labour doesnt start.

SinkGirl · 03/08/2020 15:01

Can you call your own midwife and see if she can find out? What’s happening with you being overdue, are they monitoring you?

Lockdownseperation · 03/08/2020 15:01

Ring back and ask to be swabbed. First my first the midwife checked with the speculum and a giant torch and said they hadn’t gone and then when to do the dip test and which point I had another gush of fluid and she said nope I was wrong but still did the swab.

Once your waters go the amniotic sac is nolonger closed and can become infected. It’s important to know if it has gone or not.

BeMorePacific · 03/08/2020 15:04

I told them my waters had broken.. I was told they hadn’t.
When they tried to break my waters 12 hours later, they realised they had already gone!
Mistakes happen, but don’t doubt your own body xx

Birdy1991 · 03/08/2020 15:16

They swabbed me because they thought I had thrush. They didn’t tell me if they’d call me to let me know though?! I should’ve asked but I was so surprised and disappointed my waters hadn’t gone I didn’t say much

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Birdy1991 · 03/08/2020 15:17

@SinkGirl no one seems concerned in my trust. I have a midwife appointment at 40+6 where I should be offered my first sweep but apparently this won’t happen if I have a vaginal infection (thrush??) so god knows how long I’ll be waiting now for anything to happen. I just want her out now 🙁

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