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Dry birth - Fact or fiction?


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#1 swimmingalong

Posted 12 April 2010 - 10:05 AM

My friend insists that she had a dry birth and that the birth of her baby went wrong because of this...

My waters broke 3 days before dd was born, I didn't have a problem, even tho she was "dry"

#2 chris**08

Posted 13 April 2010 - 08:04 AM

Thanks so much for this question, I have been wondering the same thing myself as they are planning to induce my labour by breaking waters. Thanks again I feel heaps better about it now.
Chris

#3 Literary Lemur

Posted 13 April 2010 - 08:44 AM

My DS was born in the sack, water never broke.  Is that was is menat by a  "dry" birth?  It was by far the easiest of my two births.

#4 wittle*star*

Posted 13 April 2010 - 08:54 AM

cluttergirl - Me too! My DD was born in the sack also and out of my 3 births she was the easiest and fastest!

#5 CheekyBuggers

Posted 13 April 2010 - 09:01 AM

My dd was pretty much born in the sac and geez it was horrible, but then she was a 4kg bub too, #1 was posteria and was in labour for days but honestly i would have preferred his,  hers was just that painful,  felt like you'd dropped a watermelon and just had this gaping hole for days.

#6 Lightning_bug

Posted 13 April 2010 - 09:09 AM

The urban legend is that a woman's water breaks a couple of days/weeks before she gives birth and all the water is gone so it's a 'dry birth'.

Horse hockey.

When a baby is engaged there's the forewaters and (I don't know what it's called but) aftwaters.  What comes out is the forewaters but if there was no fluid left then a baby would die before birth.

My DH still believes this is true because a friend told him it happened to a friend of his. rolleyes.gif

#7 meemee75

Posted 13 April 2010 - 02:18 PM

QUOTE (Nightinggale @ 13/04/2010, 09:09 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The urban legend is that a woman's water breaks a couple of days/weeks before she gives birth and all the water is gone so it's a 'dry birth'.

Horse hockey.

When a baby is engaged there's the forewaters and (I don't know what it's called but) aftwaters.  What comes out is the forewaters but if there was no fluid left then a baby would die before birth.

My DH still believes this is true because a friend told him it happened to a friend of his. rolleyes.gif



The "afterwaters as you've called it is called "hind water" and you are correct that the forewaters usually rupture then the babys head acts like a bit of a plug leaving small amounts of water escaping but a lot of the water stays behind the baby.


I have seen births with very little fluid but this was  not due to water breaking . It was due to the fact that there was a problem with very little amniotic fluid present in the first place.
Like fertile women said  the vagina is great at providing lubrication/discharge especially when pregnant and in labour.
Even these births I've seen with very little or no visible fluid were still not "dry"
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