Your Water Broke, Now What?

When It’s Time to Give Birth


It’s a famous scene in the cinema. A woman says her water broke. Then her nervous husband breaks every traffic law to get her to the hospital. But, the truth is, your water break­ing is not quite as dramatic. We’re break­ing it down for you so you’ll feel some­what better organized and know what to expect.

Why Your Water Breaks

During fetal development, amniotic fluid is a source of nourish­ment. As the infant grows, the fluid cushions and protects the unborn child Some fluid may leak during periodic contrac­tions.

In the final trimester, the baby’s head presses against your cervix to keep amniotic fluid inside. While moving, some fluid escapes. So, it is advisable to sit on an absorbent towel during the final trimester if you’re pregnant.

When your baby is almost ready to make a passage or at some point during the labor, the sac pops or breaks. A sudden gush of odorless fluid tinged yellow flows out of the womb through the vagina. This is a signal that the birth is imminent. The interval between this occurrence and delivery varies for each indivi­dual. It can be a few hours to a few days.

Try not to panic. Tell your ob-gyn, midwife, or doula before breaking any traffic laws. Based on your regular examinations throughout pregnancy, your doctor can offer practical advice. Here’s what to expect afterwards.

First, make sure it’s the water and not urine or a discharge!

It’s usually not very simple to tell if your water has broken. It very well may be amniotic fluid, discharge, or urine. If you merely experience a sensa­tion of wetness or a trickle of liquid, it can be hard to distinguish.

So, here’s how to tell if it is urine, discharge, or amniotic fluid (water):

  • Many pregnant ladies experience incon­tinence, particularly in the third tri­mester. A sniff will presumably clue you to what’s what. If the liquid is yellowish and scents of alkali, it’s likely pee. On the off chance that it doesn’t smell or smells sweet, it’s likely amniotic fluid.
  • The amniotic liquid is a pale, straw-hued liquid. Vaginal dis­charge is a slight, milky white bodily fluid like what you may experi­ence between periods.

Next steps if you’re sure your water broke.

When you are pretty sure that your water broke based on all signs and symptoms, a call to your ob-gyn is in order. Here’s more on what to know.

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