Throughout pregnancy, several concerns and questions may arise, and among the most frequent are those related to the possible loss of amniotic fluid. Come and find out with Baby on Board how you can tell if you are effectively losing amniotic fluid.
Throughout pregnancy, a woman’s doubts can be diverse, with the body’s own changes, including at hormonal, heart rate, the humour or the sleep motivate distinct questioning throughout the trimesters of gestation.
When a pregnant woman reaches the third trimester of pregnancy and the hour H is fast approaching, it is common for there to be some loss of amniotic fluid, especially when she spends time lying down.
And yet, in many cases, even if the pregnant woman has this perception, the reality is different. Towards the end of pregnancy, the very pressure that the baby exerts on the pregnant woman’s bladder generates involuntary urine leakage, which can give her the erroneous feeling that she is losing amniotic fluid, without actually being so.
As the actual loss of amniotic fluid may indicate a ruptured waters sac, it is important that you know how to assess whether you are, in fact, losing this fluid.
Learn how to tell the difference.
Loss of amniotic fluid: how to identify
Most of the time when a woman suspects she is losing amniotic fluid, she is simply losing urine. Identifying the actual problem going on is something that can be done at home by following a few steps.
To find out if it is urine or amniotic fluid, we recommend that you empty your bladder completely and take care of your hygiene by putting on an absorbent pad and then performing some physical activity, such as sitting, standing up and walking. After half an hour, you should analyse the pad. If the colour of the liquid is yellow with an aroma, it is urine. If, on the other hand, it is odourless and clear, it may be amniotic fluid.
You can also tell if it is amniotic fluid if the leak is continuous or if the contraction of your pelvic muscles does not impede the flow.
Independent of whether or not it is amniotic fluid loss, if you have this suspicion it is recommended that you contact your doctor.
Other signs that you are losing fluid
Some women who are losing amniotic fluid also have symptoms such as:
– Rapid heart rate,
– Vaginal leaks of a brownish or greenish hue,
– Feeling of a softer belly,
– Weight loss.
Clinical procedures to confirm amniotic fluid loss
To ensure that this is not a ruptured water sac or membrane, it is always best to consult gynaecology and obstetrics specialists.
As a rule, the problem is identified through an ultrasound scan and, depending on the time of pregnancy when the loss occurs, different solutions will be determined on how to prolong the pregnancy, ensuring the health of the foetus and the pregnant woman.
Loss of amniotic fluid from early or intermediate stages of pregnancy can be a motivator of a risky pregnancy, requiring the pregnant woman to be more careful, drink plenty of fluids and keep an eye on her baby’s movements, and should contact her doctor if she notices them diminishing.