Leaking fluid? (TMI)

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harmonybear's picture
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Leaking fluid? (TMI)

So tonight I was doing pelvic tilts and noticed that every time I tilted up there was a tiny little gush. I've felt very wet for several days. Panty liners are not sufficient, I often find I've leaked through them. I know, gross. So the big question: am I just incredibly incontinent (though I have just taken a shower and I always empty my bladder before showering), or might I have a slow leak of amniotic fluid?

I know the only way to know for sure is to have the doctor or midwife check, but I don't know if it's necessary to do that tonight. I know that my midwife said that if my waters broke in the middle of the night without any contractions to put on a thick pad, to try to go back to sleep, and call first thing in the morning. Would the same apply to a slow leak, even if it's suspected it might have been going on for several days? Or is it something to call asap about or rush to the ER?

ETA: I just went to the bathroom again to make sure I had an empty bladder, then tried the pelvic tilts again and had the same result. And my panty liner has absolutely no smell to it. So I'm a bit suspicious....

gabeminamom's picture
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I'd call to see if they want to check.

haysmama's picture
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I would call too. Sounds very probable that it's your waters. I don't know how long it can safely leak, but after a few days I'd be calling to get checked.

alwayssmile's picture
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I've been mentally debating what I'd do in your position. I wouldn't go in tonight, but I'd consider it in the morning. If you have no other issues (have you checked for an elevated temp just in case?), enjoy a night of sleep if possible! I've been debating how long I'd be willing to let it be before alerting my practice. I don't think at 39+ weeks it's a reason to rush out and possibly start the medical train rolling. I would be keeping a close eye on my body, baby movements, etc though.

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Is it possible that during pelvic tilts you are squishing a little bit of pee out? No one completely empties their bladder ever, it's virtually impossible. Plus having a baby pressing down probably obstructs a bit of flow so those tilts may be allowing that last little bit out?? And if your pee is very dilute it wouldnt have a smell. I have been drinking so much lately that my pee is clear! It probably wouldnt smell if i took a sniff. Lol

At any rate, I would wait for morning too.

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definitely call this morning!!!!!!!!!!! i think there is a good chance your water broke! good luck! Smile

mandynz's picture
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How exciting! Call in the morning IMO! KUP!

harmonybear's picture
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"alwayssmile" wrote:

I've been mentally debating what I'd do in your position. I wouldn't go in tonight, but I'd consider it in the morning. If you have no other issues (have you checked for an elevated temp just in case?), enjoy a night of sleep if possible! I've been debating how long I'd be willing to let it be before alerting my practice. I don't think at 39+ weeks it's a reason to rush out and possibly start the medical train rolling. I would be keeping a close eye on my body, baby movements, etc though.

Checking my temp is a really good idea! Infection is really the only thing that worries me - I'm certainly not leaking enough fluid (or urine, or whatever-it-is) for anything else to be a concern. But I was GBS+ at my 36 week appointment, and I haven't exactly been careful the last few days.

However, the leaking hasn't really continued this morning. I talked to my doula last night, and I know she's not a medical professional, but she does know birth better than I do. She said most likely it was just urine, though the sweet smell makes her go "hmm". She said if it is fluid, it's such a small leak that it's probably very high on the sac and not a great risk of infection. She, of course, reminded me that I should get the opinion of someone who knows better than her (ie, the midwife), but that in her opinion it could wait until this morning. That's what I was thinking, too, and what several of you said, so that's the plan. Smile

rmc
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Good luck and KUP!!!!! I have noticed that I am constantly have a wet feeling and when I stand up aftering peeing or sit down it feels like a little bit more comes out but not enought to wet a pad. So it seems my baldder is empty but a bit more comes. Usually I wipe again after I stand. But enough to wet a pad makes me suspicious. GL!

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Well its morning and I'm dying to know now.... KUP.

harmonybear's picture
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Nope, not amniotic fluid. Which is nice, because that means no induction... but a small part of me kind of wishes that I could have gotten the show on the road. Oh well. I know this is best. I can be patient.

BTW, when the midwife checked me today, she let it slip which midwives are on call this weekend. As it turns out, it's my three favorite midwives. The new midwife that I hit it off with immediately today, the old experienced midwife tomorrow, and the midwife who delivered DD on Sunday. So now I'm hoping something will happen this weekend before I know that none of them will be on call! Lol