Leaking?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am 38 weeks pregnant and woke up from a 2 hour nap to find a wet spot in the bed. I don't know if it is urine or amniotic fluid. I called my doctor and she said if I leak more to go to the hospital. Any other advise?

ANSWER

If you are GBS positive, you should go sooner rather than later to be checked for sure.

But if you are negative, the only other thing that would concern me is your temperature. If it goes over 100.4 I'd definitely say to be seen. Even if it goes over 99.6, it's probably worth another call.

Here's wishing you a blissful labor and safe delivery!

--Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.