Don T Know What I Should Do

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piratesmermaid - June 17

I woke up this morning, and my panties were wet, but I don't know if it was amniotic fluid or sweat. I've had cramping sensations all day as well. I'm 36 1/2 weeks, and the baby dropped a couple weeks ago. My mom didn't even know she was in labor with me, so I don't know if I could have the same mild contractions and not realize they're contractions. I don't think my mucus plug has fallen out yet though, unless it did in the shower and I didn't realize it. Any suggestions on what I should do?

 

Olivene - June 18

I'm not sure if I am answering this too late, but I'd say this is a case of better safe than sorry. I'd go see the doc, just to be sure.

 

kimmerbean - June 18

I have read that, and I know this is going to sound gross, but if you think your water has broken, to smell the liquid that came out. It should smell quite diiferent from sweat or urine. Its supposed to be an umistakable smell! After all is it fluid that has been locked in your uterus for 9 months...

 

ashley - June 18

actually the amniotic fluid smells sweet and its replaced every 3 hours so you would have a continued leak. How wet were your panties when you woke up? Any more wetness all day? you would have more than just a little bit.... but if you are not sure go see the doc.

 

piratesmermaid - June 18

I called the hospital yesterday afternoon and spoke with an OB nurse. She asked me to come in and admit myself just in case. I was in the hospital, in an actual LDRP room for over two hours, hooked up to monitors and everything. My doctor came in and kept an eye on my contractons for a while (I had about 5 or so while I was there, but I didn't feel them, I had to look at the monitor to realize I was having them) and then tested the "fluid" that I suspected I was leaking. It wasn't amniotic fluid, just some extra discharge (ew, I know) that happens due another hormone change that occurs before birth. And my doctor also said that the contractions were more than likely caused by dehydration. My husband and I were working around the house all day. But everything is good so far. I have another appointment, a scheduled appointment :) on Tuesday.

 

kimmerbean - June 19

Im not trying to argue here, but the RN that instructed our birth cla__s did tell us that amniotic fluid has a very vulgar smell to it, and said that the reason for that is because it has been in your uterus during the whole pregnancy. She even made a joke about if your water breaks in the middle of summer to make sure and clean it up before you come to hospital because you wont want to come home to the smell of rotten amniotic fluid!

 

ashley - June 19

kimmerbean-hmmm I never heard of that. I actually looked it up in my Maternal-Newborn Nursing book (I am a nurse) and it said that if its urine it will have a strong amonia smell and if its amniotic fluid it will be sorta sweet smelling. It also said that if your water breaks you will probably have a continued trickle as your body naturally replaces the fluid every three hours.. So the only way to know for sure is to smell it. But I had my water break before labor started and to me it didn't smell at all that I noticed.

 

ashley - June 19

now you got me curious, so I looked up a second source and this is what is said "Am I leaking urine or have my membranes ruptured? Just smell the wet spot on your underwear. If it smells sweet, it must be amniotic fluid. This stops once you stand up, as the baby’s head moves into position and acts like a stop cork. However, if the spot smells like ammonia, you have most probably urinated."

 

Cloud 9 Doula - June 20

Sorry, that RN was incorrect. Your body is constantly circulating the amniotic fluid to cleans the baby's urine, skin cells, etc. from it and continually replacing it. Even if your water breaks it is possible to remain pregnant if you keep enough fluids incoming for your body to make more as it is making more all the time. Yes, total replacement every 3 hours.

 

piratesmermaid - June 21

That's really interesting to know. I never knew it could replace itself.

 

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