The rupture of the amniotic sac and therefore the rupture of waters can be an indication that the labor is underway, although it is true that the bag can rupture at any time. Find out what to do.

Another of the symptoms or indications that labor may begin shortly is water breakage or loss of amniotic fluid. The amniotic fluid that is expelled during this time is the one that is present throughout the gestation feeding and enveloping the baby delimited by the amniotic sac.

The amniotic fluid decreases in quantity as the gestation progresses and at the beginning it is composed of 90% of blood plasma, practically becoming the urine of the fetus in the last trimester of pregnancy. Thanks to this liquid, the body temperature of the fetus remains constant, it helps it to move and nourish itself as the gestation reaches its term.

When it is time to deliver, the rupture of the amniotic bag is an imminent sign of the beginning of labor, the pressure exerted by the baby’s head or the contractions that begin to be present can cause the water to break.

What happens when water breaks? What are your symptoms?

Many women have the privilege of presenting and feeling the breakage of water, some define it as a large jet of hot liquid that runs down their legs, others instead feel like small leaks of urine that leads them to become confused.

Of course, the rupture and exit of the amniotic fluid is a painless process, the fluid leaves the vagina without causing pain, although many mothers feel a noise when the bag breaks, similar to the snapping of fingers.

The color and consistency of the liquid must be taken into account since a liquid that shows blood or dark color is a reason to go to the hospital and observe that everything is going conveniently. The breakage of water consists of a colorless and odorless liquid so the mother should not be alarmed and also go to the hospital since delivery can occur minutes or hours later.

What to do if the amniotic sac ruptures?

One of the processes that indicate that the delivery is about to arrive is the rupture of the bag.

When the bag breaks, the amniotic fluid that was inside comes out, surrounding the child through membranes.

The amniotic fluid contains water and cells of the fetus, vernix caseoso which is a layer that covered the baby’s skin and vernugo which is a hair that rolled the part of the body of the fetus.

Inside the mother, the amniotic fluid, like the other components, has its function and it was to give the fetus a safe and comfortable environment, allowing it to move smoothly and without problems.

The fetus inside the mother and thanks to this liquid will be isolated from the world but with the necessary protection for its development and giving it adequate hydration.

When does the bag break?

The rupture of the bag can happen at any time, it can happen to you while you are still at home or when you are at the maternal but always accompanied by a contraction.

In certain cases, the bursa can rupture before labor contractions begin, leading to  premature rupture of the membranes, which does not have any complications as long as it occurs after 37 weeks of gestation.

When the bag breaks before week 37, you should go to the doctor urgently to take the appropriate measures in this case, they may cause you to give birth or you will stay in the hospital until they consider it necessary.

Normally the rupture of the bag occurs before delivery and in the correct week without further complication, in other cases, on the other hand, labor contractions can begin and it will be the doctors who break the bag.


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