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Myth: If Your Waters Break Before Labour, You'll Have a "Dry Birth"

Updated: Jan 3


Have you ever heard the term "dry birth"?


If your amniotic fluid releases at 37 weeks and beyond, this is considered Term PROM (Pre-labour Rupture of Membranes). Some believe that if this happens or happens before the active labour stage has begun, that there won't be any fluids left in your uterus and your womb will be dry and cause stress to the baby.


While it's true that amniotic fluid provides cushioning for your baby, often times when fluid leaks, it is what's called the fore waters - the waters in front of the baby's head - leaving the hind waters behind the baby still in place. You may notice continuous leaking or leaking only during contractions.


Furthermore, your body will replenish the fluid at a rate of 1 litre per hour! Amazing right!? Our bodies work in perfect order. There is no need to worry about your waters breaking before labour begins if you and baby are well! Be sure to let your care provider know your waters have released. Keep hydrated and well rested and your care provider will guide you in the best next steps.


One main risk involved with waters breaking before labour or during early labour is infection. So if your waters have broken it is suggested to avoid vaginal exams as much as safely possible, keep good hygiene, monitor your temperature and avoid unfamiliar environments. You'll also need to stick to showers and avoid the bath until active labour has begun.


Another risk is if you are Group B Streptococcus positive. Having your waters release increases the risk of baby becoming infected with GBS and you'll want to consider antibiotic treatment during this time. You will be tested for GBS in late pregnancy and your care provider will inform you of your options with this before labour begins.

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