One fine spring morning, heavily pregnant with baby #7, I got up to pee and noticed after a few moments that I was having contractions.
Not sure if this was the “real thing” or not, I crawled back into bed (time: 6:58 AM) and said to my DH, “Honey, I think I am in labor, but I am not 100% sure. I think I am just going to get in the shower, and we can head off to the hospital afterwards, should that become necessary.”
Regardless of whether the baby is delivered vaginally or by c-section, the water usually “breaks” in the process, either on its own or artificially by the doctor or midwife. But in this caesarean, the doctor left the amniotic sac intact until after the baby was “on the outside”. Take a look!
Watch from the inside as those first contractions get to work:
IMPORTANT: This video ends with instructions about what to tell your doctor when your water breaks.
It instructs you to remember the acronym “COAT“.
Here is what COAT stands for:
C=Color. What color is the fluid? If it is clear, that’s a great sign!
Green or brown fluid is a sign of fetal distress, so if the water is not clear, it is really important that you call your doctor right away.
O=Odor. Amniotic fluid should be almost odorless, though some women report that it smells like bleach or freshly-washed laundry.
If it smells like pee, and there was only a little bit of a trickle of fluid, then it could be that your water DIDN’T break. Instead, you may have leaked a little bit of urine–very common in late pregnancy with a 7.5-pound baby banging her head on your bladder….
A=Amount. Did your water break with a gush or a trickle? Do you still feel it coming out now and then?
T=Time. How long ago did your water break?
Keep in mind that once your water breaks, there is an open route for bacteria straight to your uterus (and your baby). So from this point on, you want to be careful not to put anything into your vagina. No sex, no tampons, and no self-checking your cervix!