When someone's water breaks in the movies, it's always a strong gush of clear liquid, which inevitably soaks the ground at the feet of your boss, a store clerk, or your partner, in some hilarious way. So much drama. In reality, sometimes your water breaks early, and sometimes it doesn't break until your baby is born. Sometimes it feels like you peed yourself and sometimes it feels like a slow leak that you're positive is just pee. There are quite a few things my water breaking felt like, some completely unexpected.
The first time my water broke, I was completely shocked. I was five days past my daughter's due date and had been admitted for induction of labor. The party hadn't started yet, and I was so scared and anxious about it, that I kept pacing the room. I went to the bathroom, because I thought I had to pee, and my water broke like a waterfall all over the bathroom floor. Of course, the nurses weren't sure that it wasn't pee, so they sent a sample of my puddle to the lab. Sure enough, my water had broken. Honestly, I could have told them that, because it felt nothing like peeing. Plus, once it started, I couldn't stop.
For the next two labor and deliveries, I was induced and my provider ruptured my membranes to get labor started. The first time I was induced, fluid shot out of me like a canon, and then like a squirt gun, which shot fluid out of my vagina in little bursts with each painful contractions. The second felt like a warm lazy river, proving once again, that few things in pregnancy, labor, or life, are like they are in the movies.