Amniotic fluid, the fluid containing all the important hormones and nutrients for your baby’s nourishment within the womb decreases in volume towards the end of the pregnancy. This is something very harmful for both you and your baby. So, you should try to prevent the leakage as quickly as possible.
But how do I know that I am leaking amniotic fluid? -The question is often asked by the anxious would-be-mothers. For this, studying the symptoms of amniotic fluid leakage becomes important.
It should be mentioned in this respect that you have a tendency to leak all types of fluids in higher volumes during pregnancy. Be it the normal vaginal fluid or urine, all of them will be higher in volume and it will thus be difficult for you to understand whether the leaking fluid is amniotic fluid or other such fluid.
Knowing the Properties of Amniotic Fluid
You must be aware of the different properties of the amniotic fluid in order to identify it easily. It is usually a clear or white-flecked fluid and may sometimes contain mucus or blood along with it. It is odourless by nature and this is something which helps you in distinguishing it from a normal vaginal fluid which has a typical odor associated with it.
It has the ability to saturate your underwear. This is a unique property of the amniotic fluid since the other fluids will not be able to do the same. They will at max make the underwear dirty.
Distinguishing between Amniotic Fluid and Urine
To distinguish between amniotic fluid and urine you would have to use a cotton ball that can absorb the fluid and get changed in color. If you find the cotton to turn yellow after some time, then the fluid here is urine. On the other hand, if it remains white it has to be amniotic fluid.
In case you are wondering that why would one at all need to learn to differentiate the fluid from urine it should be mentioned that during pregnancy the urinary bladder becomes inflated and the woman can be found to leak urine.
Risks Associated with the Leakage
The leakage of the amniotic fluid can cause various troubles. If the baby does not get the sufficient exposure to the fluid, it may be a born as a premature one or a one with birth defects. Issues of miscarriage and cases of stillbirth are common to.
It can also cause you difficulties during delivery. The delivery may take place with a lot of squeezing in the umbilical cord and the baby might not be able to breathe in oxygen as a result. This may lead to the birth of an abnormal child or may compel you for a cesarean delivery.
The Alarming Leakage of Amniotic Fluid
Amniotic fluid may leak at small amounts or even at large volumes. If it leaks in little amounts there is not much reason to worry but you should consult your physician for the purpose. However, if you find the leaking fluid to be greenish or brownish yellow, you know it is the time to call the doctor for a delivery. The leakage of this color indicates that the baby has shown bowel movement.
Get a USG Done
USG is the test that can reveal whether you are leaking amniotic fluid. The doctors will measure the amount of fluid that is present inside the womb and will detect the level of loss according to it. It has been observed in many cases that women were unable to understand that they were leaking and it was not revealed until the tests were performed.
The Need for Abortion
Extremely low amounts of amniotic fluid may compel you to go for an abortion. This is because you will not be able to have a child with such a low quantity of amniotic fluid.
Leakage of amniotic fluid will feature a consistent flow. If you can feel the leakage of a fluid from your body which does not take place consistently but occurs from time to time, you should realise that it is not amniotic fluid but urine or cervical fluid since amniotic fluid would show constant leakage.
You should thus be very careful about the leakage of amniotic fluid from your body and perform the tests mentioned above such that any leakage, irrespective of the amount, can be detected. Leakage of the amniotic fluid in considerable amounts can lead to the birth of an immature or abnormal child or even compel you to go for an abortion. So, it is important to keep a regular check on this.
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