In cases where your baby would be premature, they may survive just fine for weeks with proper monitoring and treatment, usually in a hospital setting. In cases where your baby is at least 37 weeks, current research suggests that it may be safe to wait 48 hours (and sometimes longer) for labor to start on its own.
How long after my water breaks should I go to the hospital?
If youre 37 weeks or more pregnant, call your doctor for advice about when to head to the hospital if your water breaks and youre not having contractions. But if its been more than 24 hours since your water broke or youre under 37 weeks pregnant, head to the hospital right away.
Does labor go faster after water breaks?
Typically, after your water breaks at term, labor soon follows — if it hasnt already begun. Sometimes, however, labor doesnt start. If you experience prelabor rupture of membranes, your doctor might stimulate uterine contractions before labor begins on its own (labor induction).