Dry Births

Pregnancy is associated to many joyful expectations, but also too many worries, particularly those arising from lack of information. Many pregnant women are concerned about a "dry birth", but specialists emphasize that such mythical condition does not exist!

The true meaning is that a dry birth is in reality a misnomer because the body continues making amniotic fluid all the time. The origin of the term and the myth itself is unknown but probably originated in the days of traditional midwifery of those caring for pregnant women.

Amniotic fluid surrounds your baby all the time, and this fluid is clearly observed in ultrasound scans. You can see how the baby swims in this fluid so there is no chance for a dry condition. Amniotic fluid in addition to cushioning the baby also helps in the maturation of some of the baby's organs.

This fluid is produced constantly, and even when the fluid is not released during birth, it remains behind the baby. The body produces approximately a cup of amniotic fluid every hour during pregnancy.

It is believed that the amniotic fluid has no real lubricating function during labor and delivery, but it is confirmed that the absence or low levels of this fluids is cause for concern, because it can lead to other risky conditions.

Although, too little amniotic fluid is often observed in postdate pregnancy, when the baby has not been born yet past the due date, the condition takes the name of oligohydramnios, but there will never be a "dry birth".

In postdate pregnancies; the little amniotic fluid reflects the diminished production of urine in the developing baby and the deterioration of the fetal-maternal circulation because pregnancy should be over. The risk at this stage is placental insufficiency but dryness is impossible.

When labor is approaching your water breaks, and clear amniotic fluid is released. This fluid is almost odorless and is held inside your uterus by a sac made of thin, translucent membranes. This sac never dries either. While labor evolves, a hole is developed in the membranes and the "breaking of water" occurs releasing that fluid.

Water can break at any moment just before labor starts, during labor itself, or prior to delivery. Sometimes it may appear as all the fluid has escaped from the uterus, and the mother-to-be can be concerned about a "dry birth" reaching this situation, but there is always more fluid coming out later. That is the reason why all labor rooms have everything made of plastic.

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