On peeing your pants/leaking.... UPDATE POST #14

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On peeing your pants/leaking.... UPDATE POST #14

I'm telling you right now, don't read this if you're a person who does the whole, "If I ever hear about another woman's cervical mucus, pee, whatever"... cause that is what this post is all about!

Sorry ladies... I don't know what to think and since we talked about peeing our pants recently, I thought I would bring my situation here.

So twice in the last week or so, I have suddenly noticed a feeling of wetness in my undies/pajamas out of no where! Once it happened when I got up from settling DD back to sleep after she woke in the evening. There was nothing special about it- I had just been laying in her bed with her, and when I got up, I was like, "What? Why am I wet?" The second was last night- she decided to poop in the middle of the night. I noticed the wetness when I got up to change her. But, I had *just* gotten up to pee before I got up to change her- like literally, I got back in bed after peeing, and a minute later I was getting up to change her. When I looked last night the patch of wetness in my pjs was about a 2in diameter, and yes, I smelled it- didn't really smell like anything- not a strong pee smell or anything.

So, my first question is, if you're someone who leaks- do you feel it? Because I am not having any sensations with this- I'm just suddenly wet.

My imagination is getting carried away and I'm worried I'm leaking amniotic fluid... and I have to fly on Saturday and I really don't want to do anything dangerous, and I REALLY don't want to miss my flight either!

Otherwise, I don't know if I could suddenly be having some really watery CM? As a rule, when pregnant I have pretty thick, creamy CM a lot.

So I just don't know what to think, and I'm certainly freaked out by it. I never thought I would say so...but I'm hoping I'm peeing my pants without even knowing it! I don't want it to be anything else! Well, I guess the watery CM would be ok too...

Any advice or ideas?

P.S. I never leaked during DD's pregnancy or after. And I have no history of any complications in pregnancy (no preterm labor or anything...).

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I, personally, don't think there is such a thing as TMI around here. But that's just me. I love that we can talk about anything.

I've had some wetness issues with this pregnancy that had me slightly worried a little while ago. My OB tested me and determined it was only CM and not amniotic fluid. The test was amazingly simple and quick. A q-tip goes in and then he wiped it on this little strip to see what color it turned. Easy! I don't always feel it when it happens and sometimes just suddenly feel wet. Other times I can feel it kind of gush out, a feeling that's the same as I get during AF when there's a larger 'gush' of blood.

It's my opinion that something like this is not a thing to take lightly and I think it would be best for you to get checked to make sure you aren't leaking fluid. At the very least give your MW a call. She can tell you if she thinks it's okay to fly and then get her to check for you when you land states-side. Oh, and I find my CM tends to have a smell to it, not like urine, but an odd kind of stink that I hate.

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So far I only leak when I sneeze, and I definitely feel it. Was the first time soon after you peed too? Maybe your bladder isnt emptying properly, and something about laying down causes those last few drops to squeeze out?

I dont know about where you are, but they have test strips at our labour and delivery to tell if it is amniotic fluid. I know it sounds silly, but with your situation I would suggest going in and having the damp spot checked next time, or even seeing if you can just get a few strips to check with at home.

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"ftmom" wrote:

So far I only leak when I sneeze, and I definitely feel it. Was the first time soon after you peed too? Maybe your bladder isnt emptying properly, and something about laying down causes those last few drops to squeeze out?

I dont know about where you are, but they have test strips at our labour and delivery to tell if it is amniotic fluid. I know it sounds silly, but with your situation I would suggest going in and having the damp spot checked next time, or even seeing if you can just get a few strips to check with at home.

I agree with the others--it's very likely that it could be nothing, but if you can get checked before flying, better safe than sorry...

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Kyla, I was wondering if it was something to do with not emptying my bladder fully. I mean, I had that thought. I was supposed to go in on Friday again to do another pee test to double check something else... so I guess I'll just make it a full appt and see the doctor about this.

But the question is... can I really try to "save" a piece of clothing that this happened with? I mean...it's going to dry out. If they just swab me, like Anna, said, even if it hasn't happened in a couple days, will the test be accurate?

Man, I really wish this wasn't happening NOW!

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Ugh, so sorry you have to worry about this right before your trip! I had the same thought about saving clothing (probably not) but at least if you ask the doc they can help you figure out whether or not to be worried...

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I will see the doc on Friday...but my mind is starting to ease about the whole thing, because it happened again this afternoon, but, upon inspection, it looked a lot like watery mucus... I don't know why I'm having such a big change in CM right now, but, it seems like that is what it is. But, I will still go in and get looked at on Friday, just to make sure- or to at least have them do what they can.

I talked to my SIL about it today (she lives here too) and I said how I was scared they would tell me not to fly, and she said right away, "Are you kidding? They would MAKE you fly- at least to Bangkok!" That is what I'm afraid of though... I don't want any detours or unexpected long layovers... my first flight out of here is actually to Bangkok, but I have a short layover and then straight on to Seoul. I don't want to get STUCK in Bangkok! But of course, if there is a real issue, I don't want to put myself or baby in harm's way... but... man, if there was really something wrong, I would SO much rather deal with it in the States with the support of my family!!! Anyway... I'm going to keep thinking good thoughts that it's just mucus, and I won't say no to any of your good thoughts either! Smile

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Well of course you have all of our good thoughts...and I'm glad you're feeling better about it! I bet it really is just watery CM. I certainly had plenty of that myself, and since all pregnancies are different, it's not much of a stretch that you'd get it this time even though you didn't last time. Hopefully asking the doc will be just the reassurance you need to fly without any worries Smile

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In all likelihood I would say it's probably fine. Just in case you are leaking a bit, make sure you drink extra water to keep your fluids up. I read somewhere recently that drinking plenty of water helps maintain your amniotic fluid levels in pregnancy. KUP on how things go, especially once you land in the states!

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I'm having the same thing and, for me, t is totally just loads of watery CM. But it is enough to be convincing that I'm peeing a little-- but I'm not. Wink

This could explain the + for leukocytes you had the other day, too.

Hello third trimester CM. Good times.

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That is a little stressful right before you are supposed to be flying. Hoping its just watery CM like what has been mentioned. KUP on what you find out.

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"boilermaker" wrote:

I'm having the same thing and, for me, t is totally just loads of watery CM. But it is enough to be convincing that I'm peeing a little-- but I'm not. Wink

This could explain the + for leukocytes you had the other day, too.

Hello third trimester CM. Good times.

Audra, I thought about posting on our BB to ask if anyone else had had a sudden shift in CM. I never had this with Beni... but I do recall plenty of women saying they had to wear some kind of pad during pregnancy because of how heavy the CM can be...so I guess maybe this is what they were talking about! Anyway, I'm totally reassured by the fact that you're having this as well. I think it really just caught me off-guard, and I jumped to the worst case scenario...I'm just not used to a sensation of having peed my pants!

I will go see the doc anyway tomorrow, and hopefully I'll be able to let you know that it's nothing!

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Both times I got very watery toward the end. Perfectly normal. Have a good trip home!

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OK...just back from the doctor...

So good news is that I'm not leaking... she had the ultrasound tech come in and give me a quick check for cervical length and fluid and he said everything looked PERFECT. I didn't get to see baby at all (apparently this guy is good at what he does, but he is the least patient friendly ultrasound tech I've ever met!), but, of course I'm just happy that everything looks good.

The only bad news, is that this baby is also a trickster, and is actually breech. Now I know it's super early to get upset about it, but after all the stress I went through last time with getting Beni to turn around and then having to have the version, I was just really excited when I thought I had a head down baby that I just had to KEEP head down... instead of a breech baby, that I still needed to get to turn. Sigh. We were just talking about baby/belly mapping on my BB, and I said how I am NO GOOD at it- but that I was sure this baby was head down because of where I was feeling hiccups. My doula always says, "butts don't hiccup!" So either this baby seriously flipped during my appt (because I thought I felt hiccups when I was in the waiting room) or I'm growing a drummer who is incredibly good at rhythmic kicking. I don't know.

I'm very anxious to meet my midwife hopefully next week, and to talk to her about all of this... I don't know if she delivers babies that she knows are breech ahead of time...I also don't know if she can do versions, or has a back-up OB that could....no idea- or what her policy is on a baby that is thought to be head down, but presents breech during labor. And I'm trying not to fixate on all that- and just will keep doing all the stuff I can do to get this baby head down on his/her own. Thank goodness I got my referral to go to the chiropractor- at least hopefully he can try to help as well. Anyway...thanks for all the support ladies!

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Yay! I'm so glad you aren't leaking! What a huge relief.

I seriously wouldn't worry too much about baby being breech right now. There's still a lot of room in there to flip around at this point and baby could be changing positions pretty regularly. I do think it's a great topic to bring up with your midwife on the off chance that baby is still breech down the road.

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"AnnaRO" wrote:

Yay! I'm so glad you aren't leaking! What a huge relief.

I seriously wouldn't worry too much about baby being breech right now. There's still a lot of room in there to flip around at this point and baby could be changing positions pretty regularly. I do think it's a great topic to bring up with your midwife on the off chance that baby is still breech down the road.

I agree with this completely. Mine was still breech at 29 weeks, but by 32 she was head down. And didn't somebody's on here just flip at 37? Definitely a good topic for discussion just for preparation and peace of mind, especially given your history, but it's definitely much too early to worry (I know, easier said than done.) As for baby mapping....omg I was HORRIBLE at it. I was totally convinced that mine kept flipping breech throughout my third trimester, and every time the MW checked me, she said "No, she's head down--here, feel this? That's her head." And I would feel it, and it would feel just like a head, and I'd be relieved. Then I'd try it at home and I couldn't feel it at all and I would panic again. :rolleyes:

YAY about not leaking, though! A relief to be sure.

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Phew, what a relief to not be leaking! One less thing to worry about durin your flight back home.
Sorry about the breech stuff, still lots of time for turning so try not to stress.

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Yay for not leaking ... amniotic fluid that is. I had to wear panty liners during most of my third trimester or it seriously looked like I'd peed myself.

I know its hard given your history but please don't stress about baby being breech! He/she is still able to do all sorts of backflips and craziness in there. No need to worry at all. However, its never too early to start practicing good baby-positioning postures and bouncy on a birth ball. I was always able to tell exactly how DD was positioned based on feeling my belly (my MW was actually quite impressed by my accuracy Lol but hiccups never told me anything. I swear my DDs butt hiccuped. Or maybe she was tooting ... Can they toot???

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That's what I said to the doc yesterday, Erin, about the tooting. She laughed at me. I don't think they toot in utero. Smile

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"Marite13" wrote:

That's what I said to the doc yesterday, Erin, about the tooting. She laughed at me. I don't think they toot in utero. Smile

ROFL

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Glad to hear everything is great! I'm pretty early and I'm already noticing my CM this pregnancy is different than with Aiden. I'm having lots more of it and every now and then I run to the bathroom all paranoid that I'm spotting when it's just silly CM. Really does feel quite wet! When I peed on myself with Aiden (3rd tri and was sick pretty much the whole time) I knew it was pee b/c I could feel it leaking out of me in the proper place if that makes sense. If it was from a coughing fit, it had a bit of force to it. lol.

Yay for TMI. ROFL

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

Glad to hear everything is great! I'm pretty early and I'm already noticing my CM this pregnancy is different than with Aiden. I'm having lots more of it and every now and then I run to the bathroom all paranoid that I'm spotting when it's just silly CM. Really does feel quite wet! When I peed on myself with Aiden (3rd tri and was sick pretty much the whole time) I knew it was pee b/c I could feel it leaking out of me in the proper place if that makes sense. If it was from a coughing fit, it had a bit of force to it. lol.

Yay for TMI. ROFL

Jackie, I noticed from the start that my CM was different with this pregnancy as well compared to last time. I posted about it on my BB! But, it was REALLY heave creamy stuff in mass amounts...not so much watery, which is what freaked me out this time! Anyway... yeah... yay for TMI!

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Funny, just today I had this happen. I was like WTF? Did I just pee? Nope, just watery CM. I have had surprisingly little CM this whole pg so far, but it seems I'll be making up for it now. I do remember wearing pantyliners toward the end with DS also, but I had a fair amount of CM that whole pregnancy.
I do sometimes pee a tiny bit when I sneeze or gag brushing my teeth. Especially when I gag brushing my teeth. And I always feel it. Ahhh, pregnancy!
Anyway, glad it is in fact just CM and you can relax about your flight.