The labor and the breaking of the waters indicate that the birth is near. During gestation the child is protected by the amniotic fluid , which is composed of cells of the fetus, lint, vernix and water. The membrane that contains the water constitutes a sort of bag semitransparent. In the womb the baby is surrounded by membranes. It is these that break, spilling the amniotic fluid. At this point the small, under the thrust of the contractions, with his head begins to push against the neck of the uterus, causing rupture of the bag. With careful observation, which evaluates the color, odor and frequency of losses, you can understand that labor has started.

Before the birth of the child occurs the loss of mucous plug, the rupture of the bag and the loss of water . When it breaks the sack, the amount of water leakage is very abundant. The woman does not feel any pain, because the substances that form the membrane does not have nerve endings. In the last weeks of pregnancy can usually happen that you have leakage of urine or vaginal discharge. If you are unsure, you can put a towel and check how often you need to change it. Among other things, the amniotic fluid has a very distinctive smell.


The moment you realize that waters have broken, you understand that it’s time to go to the hospital . Vital clues are the amount and color of the liquid. If it is clear, you can do it quietly, but if it is greenish or reddish, we must accelerate the process. Colorless waters not can be determined by meconium, the first poop of the child: in this case there might be found in front of a signal of fetal distress. Sometimes there is a premature rupture of the water : the membranes rupture a few days before the onset of labor. In this case care must be subject to background checks and you must follow your doctor’s instructions.

The real preparatory childbirth contractions are characterized by a stable and continuous pace. We notice that they have arrived, because even though you are walking, you lie down or you change position, do not disappear, but they are becoming more frequent and painful. Initially occur every 15-30 minutes, then become increasingly close together, from 3 to 5 times every 10 minutes. The woman feels a internal compression of the belly, with a painful sensation in the upper abdomen and the hips. Another of the symptoms evident is that of diarrhea , accompanied by the release of endocrine hormones that prepare the body for childbirth .