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hind waters leaking?

Discussion in 'General Midwifery Discussions' started by nimabima223, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. nimabima223

    nimabima223 Active Member

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    my friend is 33 weeks pregnant and has said her hind waters are leaking? whats the difference between waters leaking and breaking? she said the midwife said her waters could go at any time and she has to have steroids. i was under the impression she would have 48 hours to get into labour or it would be IOL. Could someone explain.difference between waters leaking and breaking please. also does it make a difference if its the fore or hind waters?
  2. iolaus

    iolaus RM and Head of Clinical Practice Staff Member

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    The difference is just because of her gestation - a 33 weeker is better in than out.

    This next part is going to sound a little rude, and I'm sorry to do it, but lately you seem to be asking pregnancy advice questions all the time rather than general questions to further your own midwifery learning or to start debate.

    As all members are advised that pregnancy advice is not given on this site I'm going to have to ask you not to do this, or the advice threads will be locked - I haven't done this yet as you aren't a brand new member so I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt
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    nimabima223 Active Member

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    oh sorry. im not pregnant! im literally just asking to further my knowledge :(
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    nimabima223 Active Member

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    iolaus im trying to pm you but cant
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    Iris RM Staff Member

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    Iolaus was just concerned that you seem to be asking a lot of very specific advice, this is fine if it is just because you wonder what you would do as a midwife however it is important to note that as midwives you have to look at the whole clinical picture and use clinical judgement that is built up, kind of like a jigsaw, over the 3 years training and (very importantly) through clinical experience so it is important nothing that is said in answer to questions on specific situations be taken as actual medical advice.

    It would be dangerous if women took discussion between midwives and student midwives and apply it to their own situation and make decisions without consulting a health profession, or questioned the advice given by health pofessionals who have actual access to the full clinical picture, on the basis of our discussion when obviously we are never going to have the full picture over the internet.
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    nimabima223 Active Member

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    yes i agree it would be dangerous if women took discussion between midwives and student midwives and applied it to their own situation, but as i have already explained to iolaus i have simply posted for MY own personal learning. And i am not pregnant and have not discussed anything on here with any pregnant women
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    Iris RM Staff Member

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    I know but I'm sure you are not the only person reading the thread so my advice is there for all, not just specifically aimed at you :)
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    i still havent really had my question answered though! im still none the wiser!
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    iolaus RM and Head of Clinical Practice Staff Member

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    there isn't a difference - leaking is the fluid, breaking is the bag - water(bag) breaks, waters leak
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    Iris RM Staff Member

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    I'm sure there are a million threads on this but, hindwater leak means the membranes have ruptured somewhere behind the fetus' head so there is just a trickle but most of the fluid remains,the rupture usually stays as a small hole because there is no great change in pressure from a massive sudden leak. A forewater leak is the distinctive gush as the membranes rupture in front of the fetal head and so all the fluid in front of the head gushes and every time the fetal head moves slightly or there is a contraction more will gush out.

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