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Waters Breaking? Prepare for Childbirth

Waters Breaking? Prepare for Childbirth

Worried about waters breaking? Get ready for childbirth!

Waters Broke

As we all understand that our baby is protectively floating in a sac inside our womb. This is called amniotic sac and it is filled with amniotic fluid that protects your baby from any injury or an infection. Many times the baby swallows the amniotic fluid and then urinates and the balance of amniotic fluid is maintained inside your tummy. If there is an imbalance of amniotic fluid, it will lead to Polyhydramnios, a condition where the amniotic fluid produced inside the uterus is quite high, as high as 2-3 litres in rarest cases or in the case of twins too.

For more information on Polyhydramnios, please check this informative article here.

Now what actually happens when waters break? During the delivery or even few weeks before delivery, your amniotic sac may get rupture. This state is known as PROM or Premature rupture of membranes.

Symptoms of waters breaking

When your bag gets rupture, you may feel something quite wetty in your vagina. You may also feel as if some fluid is gushing out of the vagina or your perineum. Before confirming that your waters have actually broken down, make sure you haven’t urinated as sometimes people confuse waters breaking down with urination and get panic. The color of the amniotic fluid will be pale yellow and it will be odorless when waters break.

Precautions

Since your waters have broken down, your vagina is now more prone to infection, so avoid any intercourse during this situation and make sure you are wearing clean undergarments to avoid any bacterial infection to your baby and make use of sanitary napkins for cleanliness.

Preparing for Labor

If your water bag doesn’t breaks on time when you have crossed the entire pregnancy time period, your gynae will start with the amniotomy procedure, which is a planned labor where the membrane sac will be ruptured artificially.

The case when water breaks before the delivery time or in case of some complications, your doctor will prepare for labor. At times, the waters breaking at 37 weeks will mean you are going to have a preterm delivery and usually in such cases the pregnancy cannot be extended by any means as this calls for emergency. The doctor will fuel up your uterine contractions so that you deliver baby soon. The sooner you deliver the baby, the lesser the chances will be for your baby to get any infection and your chances of delivering a healthy baby will be very high.

waters breaking fetal infection

Complications of waters breaking

•    Placental abruption
•    Umbilical cord problems
•    Fetal Infection
•    GBS (Group B Streptococcus)

Risk factors of early preterm labor

•    PROM History
•    Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy
•    Smoking in pregnancy
•    RTI or Reproductive (Genital) Tract Infection
•    Low Body Mass Index

So, there’s nothing to panic during your waters breaking down, just call your doctor and seek an appointment. Hope you had your hospital bags ready beforehand and you won’t suffer delivery blues.

Get ready for your labor, and wish you a safe and normal delivery!

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