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Baby-carrying Jessica Simpson has declared that when her water breaks “it will be like a fire hydrant!” (Hilarious visual ensues.) The reason for the flood gates? As she explained to Jimmy Kimmel, her unborn baby girl is apparently swimming in a whole lot of amniotic fluid. So does a lot of liquid equal a crazy water rush? Not always.
First, a bio lesson: Your bag of waters, aka amniotic sac, is filled with fluid that protects your babe from infection and allows her room to flop around comfortably. According to the American College of Nurse Midwives, “sometimes women feel or even hear a small ‘pop’ when the bag breaks." Sometimes there's a gush of fluid; other times just a trickle. And sometimes the bag doesn't break until the baby is being born.
Having pushed out two babies, I can honestly say: It’s always different. My water never broke with babe number one. In fact, he was born still inside his amniotic sac. (So was Jessica Alba’s daughter Haven, by the way.) But with baby number two, it was, as Jessica so nicely put it, a flippin’ fire hydrant. Let’s just say, I was happy to be in the bathroom and not Target at the time.
We asked iVillagers what the whole water-breaking thing it felt like -- and ehard everything from a giant gush to a slow trickle. Here, the dirty deets:
“It just kept trickling out...I thought I had lost control of my bladder.” --Tonya
“It’s different for everyone! Both [of] mine were pretty darned obvious! Maybe not a fire hydrant, but waaaaay more than a trickle!” --Erin
“Mine were always a pop, then a gush. Not a trickle.” --Stephanie
“Like a constant pee that would not stop!” --Pamela
“Got up at 4 AM, went to the bathroom and while I was sitting on the toilet there was a great WOOSH!!” --Mary
“It was a slow leak.” --Lindsay
“I got the GOOSH... My shoes were so wet they squeaked.” --Lorie
“Felt like I peed my pants.” --Karla-Anne
“It kept gushing for 7 hours -- on and off.” --Dana
“Had a huge pop and a gush...It was almost violent how it happened.” --Anthea