Post # 1
Now that my due date is fast approaching, mothers at work love to remind me it “could be any day now” with stories of how their babies or friend’s babies came early. I’m planning on working up until my due date and have become really paranoid about my water breaking at work. Partly because of the “what now?” logistics with my husband working an hour away and well, just the idea of making a public mess with my fluids is mortifying. I’m sure it’s probably unlikely to happen at work, but it’s still a concern that’s often on my mind now. Is anyone else worried about their water breaking in public or am I just being silly?
Post # 3
@ShellyT: I’m not pregant, but I never had this fear. Until now. Haha. Thanks for one for irrational fear added to my checklist.
Post # 4
My teacher had this fear and would carry a bottle of lemonade around with her. The plan was to drop it if her water broke in public (like whilst shopping) and just say she dropped the lemonade – then run! Haha.
If it happens at work I wouldn’t worry, people would be more excited than anything else, especially if there are other mothers there, they have all been through it before.
Post # 5
That does sound incredibly mortifying.. I don’t think I’ll work until my due date but if I do, or the baby comes early.. I’m a special education teacher and my kids will definitely just think I peed my pants, how embarrassing
Post # 6
Yep! I’m worried about going into labor away from my hospital or being at work! How will I get to the hospital? Call an abulance? Drive myself? My SO works far away too and if I go into labor during rush hour, he’ll miss it.
I think if it broke in public seriously, I’d probably look so scared, I’d hope people would help me.LOL
Post # 7
I started wearing dark pants just in case (but it didn’t happen).
When your water breaks it won’t be a big dramatic gush like you see in the movies lol! You might feel a trickle or something, plenty of time to get to the bathroom and call people. Carry big granny panties and pads around and you should be good to go if it happens. Most hospitals will tell you as well, you have some time to go home, pack, call who you need to call and head to the hospital. Labor won’t likely start that very second. With first babies labor often goes longer so you could be in labor for over 24 hours or longer depending!It’s very unlikely your SO will miss the birth due to traffic.
Try not to stress about it. That baby is coming when it wants to, you’re just along for the ride anyway.
*I addressed everyone all at once. Hope you understood my rambling 🙂
Post # 8
@KatyElle: That’s what I was going to say! I had this fear so I did research and it said that it’s no more than a gush of blood when you’re on your period. It’s likely it won’t even soak through your pants if you’re wearing underwear. I was happy to hear that. My new fear, pooping myself while pushing. I am mortified of this and have told my husband I won’t eat from week 38 on. Of course this is irrational. But I AM irrational.
Post # 9
Sorry, ladies. I hate to break it to you (no pun intended), but my water did break before I was at the hospital. Fortunately, I was just getting out of my car at my brother’s house so it broke on the street. I had be assured that it wouldn’t be a huge gush unless it happened to break while you were lying down. People said if you were wearing a pantyliner you’d be fine. Um, no. It was a lot and the baby was low so theoretically her head should have plugged it up. It totally soaked through my pants in a short time. Hubby grabbed a bath towel from my brother and we headed back home so I could change clothes. The only reason I knew I wasn’t peeing was that no 9-month-pregnant woman has ever been able to pee that much at once. 🙂
The pooping while pushing? I have no idea if that happened. Hubby and I had an agreement that we’d never speak of it if it did happen. But while I’m fully disclosing, I did have gas after delivery. I couldn’t be discrete and apologized to the nurse but she said it was no big deal. They’re used to it. Ah, good times.
Post # 10
My sister was concerned about this as well, and I did A LOT of research and usually it starts as a little tear so your wated will drip before it will start completely leaking 🙂 If you do start leaking you are supposed to put on a pad, lay down for 20-30 minutes and then st up so it will exit quickly and make sure that the fluid is colorless and odorless because you might have just peed yourself 🙂 It isn’t normally a huge gush…I’m sure it’s possible but that chance are more against it than for it. Just wear a pad, not a pantiliner if you feel uncomfortable or worried about it!
Post # 11
I’m a teacher (and not PG yet) but I totally worry about it! One of my English teachers when I was in HS said that her water broke in front of her class. HS students would be talking about it for the rest of their lives!
Post # 12
@KatyElle: That’s good and bad. Good he’ll be there, bad, I”ll be in labor for a while being a 1st timer.LOL
Post # 13
I’m planning on working up until my due date (mostly because IF I make it to my due date I’ll be induced). I imagine I’ll just bring towels to work with me…but who knows, I might feel crappy and end up calling in sick around then.
Luckily my office is literally 5 minutes from the hospital so I won’t really have to worry about getting there easily.
Post # 14
I am not PG.. but I never thought about this being an issue one day….now I do lol.
Post # 15
If I saw a woman’s water break in public I wouldn’t see it as embarrasing, but I would flip out and obnoxiously try to get her help. Then again, I am a woman, and not everyone sees it that way.
Post # 16
I worry about this mainly when it comes to work only because panic would probably ensue. It probably wouldn’t be much fun to deal with 4 toddlers, clean up a big mess, be soaking wet, and figure out coverage for my classroom all at once.