Most moms, who decided to birth at a hospital, rush to call their doctor, who immediately advises them to come for a check-up.
In fact, here is what midwives recommend:
1. Drink plenty of fluids. Just because the water released, does not mean the baby is in danger. If you drink water, the amniotic fluid replenishes itself. You can take your time.
2. Make sure you are clean and safe "down there". Recommend no insertions of any kind. So therefore, exams are out!
3. Take your vitamins regularly, and plenty of vitamin c.
4. Eat easy to digest foods.
5. Monitor your baby heart rate - have your husband listen to the baby's heart through a toilet paper roll to your belly. The baby heart rate is normal when it is 140-160 b/m.
6. Take showers instead of baths.
7. Monitor that the liquid coming out of you is clear. If there is color liquid coming out of you, let your midwife know.
It is normal to have between several hours to several days between the membrane release and the start of labor.