Telling amniotic fluid from urine is harder than you think. This post will give you three steps to tell if your water broke or you peed.
Did your water break or did you pee?
While there are some outliers there are three simple steps to see if your water broke or if you peed. I know this because I’ve been an L&D nurse since 2001 and have seen hundreds of patients who think their water has broken.
Don’t miss my whole Is my water broken quiz that will give you more info on amniotic fluid, and how to tell if your water is broken.
**Be sure to talk to your doctor if you think your water has broken. This post is just for reference and does not take the place of medical advice.
Water Breaking Sign:
Did you feel a “pop” — while this isn’t a tell-tale sign (a lot of people’s water breaks when they are asleep, so you may not feel it then) but most people say they feel a “pop”. If you didn’t feel a pop it may be your water broken, or it may be something else.
Pee Vs Amniotic Fluid
Did it just gush once? A one-time gush often means pee. If you get a gush of fluid, and then you go about your business and nothing comes out — it is likely you peed.
Why might you accidentally pee while you’re pregnant
I get a lot of women who can’t believe they would have accidentally peed as they have never done that before. Being pregnant gives a lot of reasons why it’s easy to have an accident:
- Baby kicks. If the baby kicks your bladder, you may leak some urine. Bladders weren’t really prepared for inside kicks. Baby’s bad — not yours.
- Squished. Your bladder just has less room than it had before. Most people just don’t have the time to empty their bladder every half an hour because their uterus is squishing it.
- Relaxed. Your body sends out hormones to RELAX your body. That allows the baby to sink into your pelvis (squishing your bladder even further) and that muscle that controls your bladder relaxes a bit too.
**This is not something to be embarrassed about. A lot of women just wear a pad the last few weeks of pregnancy to prevent needing to change your undies or embarrassing moments because of a tinkle.
The tell-tale sign of amniotic fluid
It is really hard to tell amniotic fluid vs pee or just sweat or other discharge.
The one way to tell it apart is that it keeps coming out. Like I mentioned above, if you gush once, it’s likely not amniotic fluid.
Amniotic fluid normally keeps coming out.
Things you can do to see if more is going to come out
- Change positions — go from sitting to standing (after you empty your bladder)
- While lying down, raise your hips — a lot of times baby will shift and more will come out.
But, just regular household work will usually allow more to come out if your water is truly broken.
Again, if you have a question — call your doctor.
Your doctor’s office or the hospital has a test called “Amnisure” that can test if your water is TRULY broken, and if you’re still not sure — that’s the best place to have it checked, so you’ll know for sure.
Keep in mind the amount of amniotic fluid that comes out is based on where the amniotic sac ruptured. If it’s towards the top — only a little will come out — if it’s at the bottom, a lot will come out all at once, and then you’ll leak small amounts after that.
Hopefully, that helped you out — as I said above — I would totally recommend heading over to my “did my water break” quiz — as it has not only the quiz, but tons More information including what amniotic fluid looks like and more!
I also have a whole post that answers the question “am I in labor”
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Be sure to check-out my pregnancy series that is totally free, and I have tons of other pregnancy content below that.