DS is 7 weeks old now, and although the birth itself was straightforward and good in every sense a very strange thing happened just after my waters broke. Basically I felt something coming out of me which turned out to be the amniotic sac bulging out - about the size of a grapefruit, and not dissimilar to a white/clear haggis!
Obviously we went straight to hospital where I asked them how common it was - honestly, I'd read every pregnancy book going and had never heard of it. Midwives said it wasn't that common...
I'm just interested to read up a little more about it but I don't know what the official term for it is. Any health professionals out there who can enlighten me? Thanks
reikizen - I don't fully understand it myself! As far as I know, my waters broke (perhaps only hindwaters?) closely followed by the emergence of the amniotic sac (still full of water though). We had a high speed journey to hospital with me perched on the edge of the seat trying not to pop it. Midwives popped it with that crochet hook type instrument when we got to hospital.
maxbear - 2 hours later I was 9cm dilated so I guess it was towards the end. Do you know whether there is a name for it?
if your forewaters had broken, i don;t think the sac could have been bulging out, as it would have ruptured
you might have been quite dilated , and the sac bulged through
amazing it didn;t rupture
sometimes the sac stays intact, and the baby is born in it ( born in the caul, used to be considered very lucky , and sailors would buy it as it meant you would not drown at sea..i think it is safe to say that is a very old wives; tale!! )
What's this fore vs hind waters thing? At my birth a couple of weeks ago as far as I knew waters went at 7pm - (loaads, went everywhere) but at the labour early the next morning I remember the mw saying something about my waters hadn't actually gone and it might have just been the hind waters. How can the bit at the back go without the bit at th efront going first?
I think, Barbramummy, the theory is that if your waters go late, when the baby's head is very descended, the head can act as a sort of plug in the cervix and stop quite a lot of the 'hind' waters coming through.