Have you ever heard the term "dry birth"? Some people believe that if your waters have broken before labour has begun or even before the active labour stage has begun, that there won't be any fluids left in your uterus and your womb will be dry and cause stress to the baby.
While it's true that amniotic fluid provides cushioning for your baby, often times when fluid leaks, it is what's called the fore waters - the waters in front of the baby's head - leaving the hind waters behind the baby still in place. You may notice continuous leaking or leaking only during contractions.
In cases when the fore waters as well as the hind waters release, your body will replenish the fluid at a rate of 1 litre per hour! Amazing right!? Our bodies work in perfect order, parents. There is no need to worry about your waters breaking days or even weeks before labour begins if you and baby are well! Just keep hydrated and we'll rested!
The main risk involved with waters breaking before labour or during early labour is infection. So if your waters have broken it is suggested that pregnant people avoid vaginal exams, keep good hygiene, monitor your temperature and avoid unfamiliar environments. Some providers recommend avoiding baths in your own tub and intercourse with your partner, but there is actually no evidence that these things pose risk of infection because your body, vagina, and its microbiome is already used to these environments. Once active labour has begun, you will be monitored by your care provider and using the bath at the hospital is safe at this time.