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My sister thinks that she might be leaking amniotic fluid...is there any specific way she can tell the difference between discharge and fluid?

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BrittBrat0113

Asked by BrittBrat0113 at 2:08 AM on Aug. 13, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • how far along is she?
    DeeMarie87

    Answer by DeeMarie87 at 2:10 AM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • what does she say it looks like? does it have odor?
    DeeMarie87

    Answer by DeeMarie87 at 2:10 AM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • She should be seen. There is a very easy method using a test strip to determine whether or not it is amniotic fluid.
    Erin814

    Answer by Erin814 at 2:10 AM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • She should be seen. There is a very easy method using a test strip to determine whether or not it is amniotic fluid.
    itsallabtthem84

    Answer by itsallabtthem84 at 2:12 AM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • She is due on the 22nd and she didnt say whether or not it had an odor and she cant get in 2 see her doc til mon
    BrittBrat0113

    Comment by BrittBrat0113 (original poster) at 2:14 AM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • Yeah, but if she thinks it's amniotic fluid, she need to be seen regardless. She'll have to call her doc tonight or go to the hospital.
    Erin814

    Answer by Erin814 at 2:16 AM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • She should go to the hospital. They have paper strips they can touch to the fluid and tell if its urine or fluid. That's it! If it's fluid the baby needs to be born because of risk of infection. She may need antibiotics.

    Gailll

    Answer by Gailll at 2:24 AM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • Amniotic fluid typically has a sweet odor to it.

    A leak is not a reason to rush to the hospital. She needs to stay very well hydrated, amniotic fluid does replace itself.

    There is very little risk of infection if she keeps things out of her vaginal. That includes all vaginal checks for dilation. If she is drinking plenty and has no sign of fever then there shouldn't be anything to worry about.

    jupiter84

    Answer by jupiter84 at 2:43 AM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • A study by Dr. Lewis Mehl in California showed that infections dramatically increased after the fourth day. Another study in the Netherlands of 6,014 pregnancies found no increased risk of infection for PROM if no vaginal exams were done and delivery exceeded 24 hours from PROM.

    Signs and Symptoms of Infection
    Chorioamnionitis occurs when the two layers of the placental membranes, the chorion and amnion, become infected or inflamed. No one sign or symptom should be used as the only criterium for diagnosing infection. Some indications of infection are: maternal fever, seen in 85-100% of infected women; fetal tachycardia, 180 or more; chills; uterine pain and tenderness; foul vaginal discharge; low blood pressure and increased pulse; vaginal walls unusually warm to the touch; elevated white blood cell count.

    http://midwiferytoday.com/enews/enews0424.asp
    jupiter84

    Answer by jupiter84 at 2:44 AM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • Usually, it's pretty obvious after a little bit.
    She can call in or get checked out if she feels worried.

    She might try to lie down (after emptying her bladder) for a few minutes, then stand up to see if it creates a little gush.
    If she's within the average due period, baby is vertex-engaged, no color-odor to the fluid or a fever, and she never puts anything inside (including a gloved hand to check the cervix), she's probably going to go into labor soon.

    PROM happens. ;- /

    I had to walk around gushing for over a week before my waterbirth.
    I never went to a hospital because I had great care providers "on the job."
    ;-D

    You're already a great Auntie!
    Good luck to her!!

    doulala

    Answer by doulala at 3:18 AM on Aug. 13, 2010

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