|I have a fear that my waters will break in a public place.
Is there anything I can do to prevent this?
Sorry! There is no way to predict the breaking of the waters,
and even the second pregnancy can be completely different
from the first. Before the waters break, the head of the
baby is cushioned against the cervix. But once the waters
break, the pressure that the head exerts on the cervix increases
dramatically. This is the reason that the breaking of the
waters usually brings on the labour, and breaking the waters
is a method that your doctor may consider to achieve this.
However the breaking of waters is no guarantee that labour
The way that the waters break is controlled mainly by the
position of the rupture. If it occurs high up on the uterus
wall, then a slow leak will probably be experienced. The
amniotic fluid can be distinguished from urine by its sweet
smell. However the catastrophic flood of amniotic fluid
depicted so graphically in movies is the result of the amniotic
sac failing low down. The one thing you should be aware
of if you have such a dramatic event, is that the umbilical
cord can in rare circumstances be swept down by the fluid
as the sac breaks. If you can see or feel anything that
resembles the cord after your waters have broken, it is
vital to get medical attention urgently. The breaking of
the waters can occur at any stage of the labour, and it
is not impossible for a baby to be delivered with the amniotic
sac completely intact. This very unusual occurrence is considered
very lucky in some cultures.
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