HiPP's A-Z of pregnancy & child health
The A-Z contains information on many aspects of pregnancy
and child health. It is arranged alphabetically so you can find what you are looking for with ease. If you are at all concerned about your health or your child’s health, please consult your health professional.
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- Waters Breaking
When a baby is head-down ready for birth, the fluid-filled amniotic sac around the baby acts as a cushion for the baby’s head. During the first stage of labour the membranes around the sac usually rupture (the ‘waters break’) - causing the fluid around to flow out. Once the waters have broken, labour often speeds up because the baby’s head pushes against the cervix and encourages contractions. If the waters break and delivery is not expected for some time, antibiotics may be given to avoid infection, and the labour may be induced or speeded up.
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