[Ads-l] forewaters, hindwaters
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Thu Apr 4 18:06:16 UTC 2019
Merriam-Webster has “forewaters” as a medical term (https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/forewaters <https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/forewaters>) and doesn’t have “hindwaters”.
Wiktionary gives “forewater" and “hindwater" as the primary lemmas (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/forewater <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/forewater>, https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/hindwater <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/hindwater>).
The English OLD has neither.
Looking at a few pages of Google Books, “forewaters" is used only in medical contexts, including resources for midwives, but a general search reveals that the term is in general use, at least among mothers and expecting women.
Though this wasn’t a gush like when my waters broke with Joan (with her birth, it was my forewaters that broke), in fact, I barely noticed it.
Is it your forewaters or your hindwaters, Snips?
… known as the forewaters
(mixed usage of -waters with and without a space)
My sister says her hind waters broke before her forewaters. I’m confused – how many waters are there?
The water in front of your baby’s head is often referred to as the forewaters and the water behind it, the hind waters.
Soon, she felt the forewaters, then, shortly after she was in active labor.
Within about 30 minutes I noticed I had lost what I thought was a part of my mucus plug, my forewaters had broken, and I had started mild contractions.
Surely these terms are used in non-technical contexts enough as to warrant entries without a medical label.
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