Not always! Sometimes it is a very slow trickle of fluid, so if you aren’t sure, check in with your doctor or midwife.
The movies always make it seem like a tidal wave when a woman’s water breaks. While that can definitely be the case, others may only notice a small amount of fluid leaking or trickling out. The consistency is often like water, and at first, you may think you are just peeing yourself! If you are at all unsure, call your doctor or midwife. Assuming it is nothing only to find that your bag of water has been broken for days can put you and your baby at risk for infection. Better safe than sorry!
Reviewed by Jennifer Lincoln, January 2019