A: In a word? Wait. Unless there is a medical reason for your doctor to break your water or induce labor, let nature take its course. Contrary to what you may have seen in the movies, your water doesn't always break before labor starts. You could be in active labor, already at the hospital, and fully dilated before it breaks. It can actually be a good thing for your water not to break right away -- you'll have more time for labor to happen naturally. Once the water does break, the clock starts ticking a bit more as to how long you can be in labor since ruptured membranes may increase infection.