Oops! Your waters have broken, but no contractions. Call your LMC. It may not be time to have your baby just yet, but it is time for a check-up.
If you notice or suspect that your waters have broken, call your midwife, even if you don’t have any pains.
Most LMCs will wait between 24 and 36 hours after your waters have ruptured before inducing labour. It depends to a great extent on how the baby is doing and on the colour of the amniotic fluid – the waters. If the waters are greenish it will be because the baby has had a bowel movement, and that can be a sign that the baby is or has been under stress. In this situation a CTG reading will be run to see how the baby is getting on.
If everything looks alright, you will be asked to wait for spontaneous contractions to start within the next 24 hours.
If there are no contractions after 24 - 36 hours, you’ll be induced.