I'm currently 40 weeks pregnant with my 4th baby and have been having definite leakage of some sort on and off for 3 weeks. It seems thicker than I would expect for amniotic fluid at times, but sometimes it's very thin. I know there is supposed to be a definite smell to amniotic fluid, but my water has never broken spontaneously before, so I'm not sure exactly what that smell is.
I've been tested twice in the past 3 weeks for a fluid leak and both times my test has come back negative. But my SIL told me she required THREE tests at the hospital when she was delivering her first baby.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? I feel silly continuously calling about this. I had an u/s yesterday and my fluid levels were still good (11.2 AFI), but you know....I just don't want to be leaking and not know it.
Answer by Jademom07 at 2:29 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
when my water started leaking, I thought I was peeing on myself. When I would stand up, my son's head would put pressure on the spot it was leaking and it would stop. But when I would lay down, the fluid would very slowly trickle out. I was weird, but I figured it out within an hour or two that I wasn't just wetting my bed in my sleep.
I think if it were your amniotic fluid, it would be thin, clear and watery. Also when they did the paper test on me it immediately turned blue (I still wasn't absolutely convince it was amnio fluid until my OB tested it, but it was!)
Answer by VeronicaLee at 2:31 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
Answer by doulala at 2:32 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
"Well, if you watch yourself, you can wait for spontaneous labor, regardless. I'm saying you can leak/not leak and simply wait. (That would be normal.)
Did you smell it at birth before? Some women know that smell from delivery.
When I was leaking it for over a week, it was gushing like peeing on the toilet~ and did not smell like urine.
Do you feel it gush/trickle from up higher inside you?"
I've heard of women leaking it for weeks on end and I know it does replenish itself to some extent, but I also know that the fluid level drops off around full term so I didn't know if that would be cause for concern. I don't recall smelling it before, although I'm sure I have.
It definitely doesn't smell like urine, but my allergies are terrible right now so my nose is a little stuffy and I'm not positive if I would classify it as sweet-smelling either.
When I feel it coming out, it feels a little like a period or ovulation time. I know it's coming from my vagina, I just don't know what it is! Lol.
I've had contractions on and off for weeks, but I know that isn't necessarily related.....
Answer by doulala at 2:51 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
Answer by 2punks at 5:24 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
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