Pregnancy / Childbirth

Water seepage or maybe mucus?

Pregnancy changes every woman. Not only physically but also emotionally. In this particular period, we become more sensitive to the signals sent by our bodies. We observe them and based on them we anticipate the course of the next days. The symptoms of the upcoming delivery become very important, one of them is the filtration of fetal waters. How do you know that they are amniotic fluid and not discharge or urine?

When does the filtration of fetal water occur?

Water seepage may be a sign that labor is starting. Unfortunately, it may also indicate intrauterine infection.

In practice, it is difficult to recognize. Due to the changed conditions, it can be perceived as a natural secretion from the vagina and even urine (due to strong pressure of the uterus on the bladder).

How to recognize fetal waters?

Fetal waters are usually colorless or light (yellowish). Consistency resemble water. Most often they are odorless or have a sweet smell.

Sometimes fetal waters are pinkdue to blood staining them. If the amniotic fluid is very red, you should go to the hospital immediately.

In some situations amniotic fluid may be green, brownish green, or may stink. When this happens, seek medical attention immediately. It is not always true that green fetal waters have negative consequences, but in many cases they point to perinatal hypoxia.

Read what the waters look like.

Sudden leakage or oozing of amniotic fluid?

Leakage of fetal waters is not spectacular in every situation. It happens that instead of a significant amount of amniotic fluid escaping at one time, we are dealing with seepage of the amniotic fluid. In the latter situation, the water flows out slowly, which can be a huge challenge if you try to assess the situation.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, only 1 in 10 women experience a sudden large leakage of amniotic fluid. In the remaining women, the process begins with a delicate trickle, from the filtration of amniotic fluid.

Amniotic fluid or vaginal discharge or urine?

The slow flow of fetal waters can be difficult to assess. Sometimes, the waters are confused with urine (this one, however, has a characteristic smell and a slightly different color), as well as with vaginal discharge.

How to distinguish amniotic fluid and vaginal discharge?

Mucus is denser, pulling, with white fragments, the amniotic fluid resembles water.

Another indicator that may help in assessing the situation is the slowdown of the outflow of fetal waters when standing.

If it's a leakage of amniotic fluid ...

Regardless of whether seepage of the amniotic fluid has occurred or whether vaginal discharge is a problem, you should consult a doctor with the slightest doubt. The specialist will assess the situation and give you any necessary help in the event of a problem.

It is particularly dangerous to pool the waters before the 36th week of pregnancy, when the baby is not yet ready to be born. Requires treatment and monitoring of the situation in a hospital setting.