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Not a good idea!: Breaking your water at home by yourself is not a good idea. You are likely to introduce infection. Why are you contemplating doing something like that? You should go to a hospital for childbirth. ...Read more
Do not do it: You should not undertake breaking your water by yoiur self. It occurs spontaneously and when done by an ob. You do not want to endanger any structures in the vagina and yoiu do not want to take the chance of introducing an infection. ...Read more
ABSOLUTELY NO!!!: Please do not attempt to break your own water by puncturing or in any other way manipulating the cervix or amniotic sac. You do not want to put your baby at risk. I know it is miserable these last weeks, but if you need to be induced somehow to spur on the delivery of your child let the doctor worry about this. Please do not do something you may regret later. ...Read more
Amnihook: They use a special tool called an amniotic fluid hook (amnihook) which looks like a crochet hook. It's inserted through the vagina and ruptures the amniotic sac. This is 'breaking your water' and is only done if you haven't already done it spontaneously. ...Read more
I recently had a baby. My water never broke and when I got to the hospital & my ob went to break my water it was already broke. How is this possible?
Previously leaking?: The bag of waters may previously been leaking all along during the pregnancy. Usually it will re-seal if the rupture isn't gross. If you were losing fluid that was vaginal and watery during the pregnancy then that would be conclusive. Usually low gestational fluid (oligohydramnios) is picked up at an ultrasound during your pregnancy. Keep this in mind if you go for another pregnancy. ...Read more
Gloved: It is often done with a gloved finger. ...Read more
How do I soothe sensitive, irritated facial skin? I tried polysporin, (bacitracin and polymyxin) vaseline, giving it a break, hot water, cold water, ice, oatmeal-honey mask.!?
Sunscreen Moisturize: The first way to soothe sensitive skin is to avoid hot water and detergent based facial soaps. Wash your face with a soap-free facial cleanser (cetaphil, dove for sensitive skin) and lukewarm water. Every morning, apply a facial moisturizer that contains a broad spectrum sunscreen containing zinc oxide (elta md facial, skinceuticals). ...Read more
I'm 38 weeks & 6 days, dilated 4cm since last wed, lost my mucous plug too, no contractions only bad back pain can doc break my water or induced me?
Can: yes. Should: maybe.
Most conscientious obstetricians do not induce a woman electively (just for convenience) before 39 weeks. If this is your first pregnancy, and your cervix is not favorable, then inducting you now would increase your risk of cesarean section for failure to get into labor. A favorable cervix is not only dilated, but thin, soft, forward, and with baby's head low. ...Read more
Yes: Yes and since your water breaking is an important event (at any time when you are pregnant) you should always inform your obstetrician if you think you broke your water; even if you are not sure. You do not need to experience a large "gush of fluid" in order to have broken your water. ...Read more
Danger: Please do not try to cause yourself to go into early labor. The last weeks of pregnancy are the most vital for lung development in the fetus. Bringing the baby into the world before their lungs are ready is like giving them a life long risk of lung disease, asthma, and early death. PLEASE discuss this with your OB and do not attempt to delver too early. ...Read more
Depends on when: This really depends on when exactly the water breaks. If less than 24 weeks, this is very tragic for the pregnancy and the fetus may not survive. If after 34 weeks, most would consider induction of labor to prevent infection. If between 26-34 weeks, watchful waiting is most beneficial. This requires frequent ultrasounds, a course of antibiotics, and bed rest. No sex is allowed with broken water. ...Read more
Go now to hospital: Nature's unpredictable. So pack a small bag midpregnancy, stash it where a family member can find it, then go on about your life. However, if you feel a trickle or gush of fluid then call someone, put your bag in the trunk and head to the hospital. If no confirmation of rupture of membranes (rom). Then go home. If rom, you will probably stay in the hospital till delivery. So prepare, just in case. ...Read more
Time varies: Actual time varies. First labors take longer than later & average 8-10 hours. Some issues may delay the process, like an epidural placed too early or a baby tangled in the cord that will not descend. The risk of an infection affecting baby begins to increase after 18 hours of open membranes, so the ob's may add meds to speed the process or need to do a c-section. ...Read more
Depends: First time moms will generally work through labor to deliver in 12 hours. There are many factors that can slow or speed the process but that's average. Subsequent pregnancies usually take less time in full labor. Rupture of membranes starts a clock, after 18 hours the risk for infection in baby increases and the need to push labor with meds or do a c-section may be necessary. ...Read more
Yes, you do: Run the chance of an infection. Please don't handle your own delivery. ...Read more
Unlikely: The water breaking may permit germs to enter the fetal membranes and cause infection of baby and mother. If the leak sealed over and the baby carried longer, survival would be possible. If the delivery occurred now, the baby would not survive. ...Read more
Best to mobilize now: Being >40 has risks when it comes to pregnancy. Those risks extend to the baby as well as to the expectant woman. If she suspects she is in labor or has leaking membranes/bag of water or is experienceing odd symptoms, she should contact her ob. Also she should call someone to help her go to labor and delivery at the hospital for evaluation and monitoring of baby and contractions as needed. ...Read more
Water bag break:
Sometimes it's a vaginal infection that caused your water bag to break, especially since you are not yet in labor. Because your baby is premature, you would be given antibiotics on the labor floor to protect the baby from infection.
If you and the baby are well (no fever, unusual pain or other complications), your doctor will decide the best time to deliver the baby. ...Read more
Water broke.: When the water breaks, you'll notice a obvious amount of fluid coming out of the vagina and traveling down your legs, for example. When the water breaks, it's time to get to the hospital. ...Read more
: If everything has been fine during your pregnancy, none of the complications mentioned below are present and you don't have a history of fast labors, waiting is fine. Remember that the membranes that break are a protective layer for your baby, so it is still better to get to the hospital within a couple of hours of the bag of waters breaking. ...Read more
Rupture of membranes:
You can break your sac and not have much fluid come out for several reasons.
The baby's head is blocking the fluids from coming out. Or you might be low on fluids.
But go see your ob/gyn and they can check your fluid levels. ...Read more