Aminotic fluid...maybe TMI

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Aminotic fluid...maybe TMI

Ok, so "everyone" says Amniotic fluid has a specific smell, but no one seems to know what it is. Can anyone descride the smell (using something other then "funky", LOL!)?

Just wondering.....

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maybe it smells like baby pee since that makes up a majority of its contents hahaha. truly, I have no idea. I always figured it was clear and odorless.

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I have always wondered this too. I have always heard it smells "sweet" but my water has broken with both my pregnancies and I have never smelled anything. :shrug:

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here we go ladies!!

"Sometimes the smell of the fluid can also help you know. Amniotic fluid does not smell acidic, like urine. The smell is somewhat odourless, or has an almond-like or alkaline/chlorine aroma. Some people liken the odour of amniotic fluid to the smell of male semen. This can make it more difficult to tell if you have just had intercourse. "

taken from http://www.birth.com.au/Physical-signs-of-prelabour/Waters-breaking-%28membranes-rupturing%29-no-contractions

i haven't the slightest idea what semen smells like! not something I'd want to get that close to. Can't say I'd be trying to take a whiff of amniotic fluid either ROFL

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"Carolyn85" wrote:


i haven't the slightest idea what semen smells like!
not something I'd want to get that close to. Can't say I'd be trying to take a whiff of amniotic fluid either ROFL

For real?! Smells like sex - lol.

No thanks for sniffing either...I'd rather not know.

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I figure if doesn't smell like pee I'd get it checked out. Biggrin

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When my water broke and I was having the great flood of 2008, I remember it smelling fairly sweet, like sweetened water. It wasn't foul smelling at all, and mostly odorless...

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I heard it has a sweet smell as well. I don't remember smelling it with Brynna and I am in no hurry to ask for a sniff when I have Ryan...lol

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"Carolyn85" wrote:

here we go ladies!!

"Sometimes the smell of the fluid can also help you know. Amniotic fluid does not smell acidic, like urine. The smell is somewhat odourless, or has an almond-like or alkaline/chlorine aroma. Some people liken the odour of amniotic fluid to the smell of male semen. This can make it more difficult to tell if you have just had intercourse. "

taken from http://www.birth.com.au/Physical-signs-of-prelabour/Waters-breaking-%28membranes-rupturing%29-no-contractions

i haven't the slightest idea what semen smells like! not something I'd want to get that close to. Can't say I'd be trying to take a whiff of amniotic fluid either ROFL

"Jenn0113" wrote:

For real?! Smells like sex - lol.

No thanks for sniffing either...I'd rather not know.

Oh gross! OK, I guess I will never know, LOL! I will just assume it is normal discharge....:rolleyes:

I was thinking that maybe I was leaking, and that was why I was measuring smaller....

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They make panty liners that turn colors if you are leaking! I have no idea where you would get them. Maybe they are prescription.. but they sound kinda fun lol

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That's a great idea! They should hand out a box to use at the end of ptegnancy or when you think you might be leaking.

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LMAO!!! I'm almost in tears at all of your posts about it smelling like semen or sex!!! Literally laughing so loud guests are staring at me here at work! OMG that's too funny! I've heard that it smells sweet, but I've had to have the hospital staff break my water every time, so I can't say that I ever sat up to smell it... and on another note, if it does smell sweet and it's supposed to smell like semen... none of the semen I've smelled is sweet LMAO!! Not that I make it a point to smell it... but you know... OK nevermind!!! So I guess my official answer is I have no idea... LMAO...