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 kind of sack semitransparent. Inside the uterus the baby is surrounded by membranes. It is these that break down and flush out the amniotic fluid. At this point the small, under the thrust of the contractions, with its head begins to push against the neck of the uterus, causing rupture of the bag. With careful observation, which assesses 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 loss of urine or vaginal. 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 water broke, we understand that it’s time to go to the hospital. Fundamental 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 need to accelerate the process. Colorless waters can be determined by mecomio, the first poop of the child, in which case you might end up in front of a sign of fetal distress. Sometimes there is a premature rupture of the waters : the membranes rupture a few days before the onset of labor. In this case, you must submit a check and you must follow your doctor’s instructions.

The real preparatory childbirth contractions are characterized by a continuous and steady pace. We notice that they are coming, because even if you walk, you lie down or change position, do not disappear, but they are becoming more frequent and painful. Initially occur every 15-30 minutes, then are becoming closer together, from 3 to 5 times every 10 minutes. The woman has a internal compression of the abdomen, with a sensation of pain to 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.