When a woman's water breaks before she is actually in active labor, although this is a controversial reason to induct.
If you have a hospital birth, many staff will give women a 24 hour ultimatum if her water breaks before labor starts.
However, if you are not experiencing contractions but your water breaks or you suspect you are leaking amniotic fluid, call your doctor right away.
In many cases, it is very obvious when the water breaks but sometimes it can be difficult to detect.
When your water breaks, this is a definite sign that your baby is about to arrive since labor usually begins shortly after your water breaks.
The amniotic sac is a protective barrier for the baby and delivery should occur shortly after the water breaks.
Sometimes, women are in labor before the water breaks and a procedure called amniotomy may be performed.
The intense sensations are strong enough to cause the water to break, but contractions may begin before or after the water breaks.
Turn it up full blast so that the water breaks up any clogs.
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