Prevea Health

Did my water break?


In approximately 10 percent of pregnancies, the amniotic membrane ruptures prior to the onset of labor. This occurrence is something referred to as water breaking. When it happens, there is usually a gush of clear fluid that may be mistaken for a loss of urine from the bladder.

Ruptured membranes may also cause a constant trickle of fluid from the vagina. If you notice a constant loss of watery substance from the area of the vagina, your membranes are most likely ruptured. If you are sure that your membranes are ruptured, we would like you to go directly to the hospital. Do not wait until you go into labor. If you are unsure, please call Prevea Health or call the hospital where you plan to have your baby.

What to do

If you have any contractions before 37 weeks, call your provider.

Unless you have been given specific instructions during your prenatal visits, we would like you to go to the hospital when your contractions are five to six minutes apart or closer, and when they last for 45 to 60 seconds over the course of an hour.
  • If your membranes rupture, we would like you to go directly to the hospital.
  • If you have any heavy, bright red bleeding please call immediately. Tell whomever answers:
    • Your name
    • That you are pregnant and bleeding
    • The hospital where you plan to deliver
  • Then, go directly to the hospital.
  • If you are uncertain as to whether you actually are in labor, or whether you have ruptured, please call.
Once you have reached the hospital, you will be seen and evaluated by a delivery room nurse. The nurse will then contact your provider and inform him/her of your status. The provider will relay to the nurse any specific orders concerning your care during your labor and delivery.