Anyone had a slow leak?

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rainymama's picture
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Anyone had a slow leak?

What would a slow leak feel like? I've only had the gushes. Definitely there's something going on differently today. How can you tell leak vs CM vs plain old, yikes, incontinence? And would there be a concern or is it no big deal?

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I had one with my DD. Mine was a trickling, though some people experience gushes--I think that was how it was for my cousin. I must have had a small hole high up in the amnitoic sac. I would feel the trickles when I was lying down, but it would stop when I stood up because her head block the fluid. I was told it was not amnitoic fluid twice based on tests they do using pH to deterime whether there's amniotic fluid present--the third time it was positive, but nothing felt different, so I believe I was leaking all along (this was over the course of 3 days).

Some clues that might help you determine if it's fluid or not: urine smells like amonia and amnitoic fluid smells slightly sweet. Mucus will usually be sticky and may be white.

However, if it is fluid, it is not a big deal. Had I known what I know now, I would not have agreed to pitocin induction for leaking fluids with DD (I was 2cm, fully effaced, and having irregular PWs, so I think she would have come soon on her own with more time). I would assume there'd be less risk of infection with a slow leak than with full rupture, and even then the risk is low if you keep everything out of there (no sex, no vaginal exams, etc.). Fluid gets replaced by your body, so as long as you are hydrated, you shouldn't run out.

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With DD I had little tiny gushes, mainly when I went from sitting to standing, or laying to sitting etc. I would also notice a tiny gush when I rolled over in bed.

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I agree with Brittany- a small trickle might not be a big deal, so long as you don't let ANYTHING into that area.

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"Barefoot~Mama" wrote:

With DD I had little tiny gushes, mainly when I went from sitting to standing, or laying to sitting etc. I would also notice a tiny gush when I rolled over in bed.

Ditto.