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What is it that causes your water to actually break??


Asked by Anonymous at 12:36 AM on Dec. 8, 2009 in Pregnancy

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    As pregnancy progresses the lower part of the uterus stretches and allows a part of fluid from the sac to fill the area. Later the fetal head snuggles into the pelvis and lies over the cervix cutting the water in front of the head from which that surrounds the body. The former is known as the forewaters and the later is known as the hindwaters. The forewaters prevents any uneven pressure that the head of the fetus may cause. When head creates an increased uneven intra-uterine pressure over the forewaters, it causes the waters to break.

    This actually helps in maintaining the intra-uterine pressure during false contractions at the third trimester. The pressure is equalized throughout the uterus and over the fetal body because of the fluid content. Thus any alteration in the general fluid pressure will cause the waters to break.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:58 AM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • I don't know. Your body just KNOWS when and how to do the things it does when you go into labor. I guess that's just part of it.... good question, I'm curious now...

    Answer by Rachell9503 at 12:38 AM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • Water break during pregnancy is formally called amniorrhea in medical science. When the fetus is in the wombit is enveloped by a thin tunica, which is called fetal membrane. The liquid in it is amniotic fluid, usually called as water.

    When a pregnant woman is at parturient time, she will face uterine contractions, which press the amniotic fluid in the fetal membrane to the ostium of uterus, making it widening. During this procedure, the membrane is also expanding until it breaks to let the amniotic fluid flow out from the vagina. Normally, the amniorrhea occurs when the ostium of uterus fully opens. If a pregnant woman faces amniorrhea twelve hours before delivery, she is still not at the stage of labor. However, the amnia is already broken, and a lot of amniotic fluid flow out, which is called early amniorrhea.

    Answer by youngmom2004 at 12:40 AM on Dec. 8, 2009

    When the cervix becomes fully dilated, it no longer supports the bag of forewaters leading to rupture of membranes.

    Sometimes the uterine contractions are severe that it will cause the waters to break. This happens usually at the end of pregnancy.

    It is believed that certain infections during pregnancy may cause waters to break early. This is the reason stated for the birth of many premature babies.

    Certain disease process during pregnancy can also make the waters to break early. They are gestational diabetes, twin or multiple pregnancy and pregnancy induced hypertension.

    And then of course there are other methods but there is no proof behind them. More than likely it's just coincidence. Like walking, lifting things, eating certain foods, etc.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:00 AM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • To add to what the others have written...
    Your water does not need to break before giving birth. A baby can be born in an unbroken sac, some say it's better to do it that way than to have your water broken by the doctor or nurse.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:37 AM on Dec. 8, 2009

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