During pregnancy, your baby floats inside of your uterus in a liquid called amniotic fluid. This fluid is inside a sac made up of amniotic membranes. When your amniotic membranes rupture, your water breaks. You may feel a sudden gush of fluid, or just a trickle of fluid down your legs.
When your water breaks, or you think it may have broken, call your provider or the Labor and Delivery unit at your hospital. The nurse may ask you questions about the color and smell of the fluid, and also about what you’re feeling and when your baby is due.
Even if you’re not sure that your water broke, but you think it may have, you should be prepared for a trip to the hospital to check things out. Although your water breaking is not considered an emergency, it’s best not to delay.