3 Characteristics of Amniotic Water Leaking You Need to Beware, Check the Smell to the Color
Amniotic fluid seeping during pregnancy needs to be watched out for, Mother. Leaking amniotic fluid can harm the fetus and cause complications.
In general, amniotic fluid has a vital function in protecting the fetus. Amniotic fluid is responsible for maintaining a regular temperature so that the fetus feels comfortable in the womb.
Amniotic fluid is a clear, yellowish liquid. This fluid can also help the fetus move while it is developing, Mother.
“Amniotic fluid contains the baby’s hormones, immune system cells, nutrients, and urine,” says certified nurse Rachel Nall, RN, MSN, CRNA, reported by Healthline.
At the highest levels, amniotic fluid can reach about 1 liter. After 36 weeks of gestation, levels begin to decrease in preparation for the body to deliver the baby.
Amniotic fluid leaks
Amniotic fluid can seep or leak, Mother. When this happens, Mother may feel like there is a warm liquid slowly coming out of the vagina.
“Think of this amniotic fluid like a water balloon. Although a water balloon can burst and cause a torrent, this can also make a hole. This can cause seepage of amniotic fluid that is slow to come out,” said Nall.
Leaking amniotic fluid is often mistaken for urine or fluid coming out of the vagina. This is because body changes during pregnancy cause you to urinate frequently and may experience vaginal discharge.
Causes of amniotic fluid leakage
Quoted from Parents, leaking amniotic fluid can occur when there is a hole or tear in the amniotic sac. There are several conditions that cause tears to make the amniotic fluid seep, namely:
1. Signs of labor
A tear in the amniotic sac can occur when labor begins. If it occurs before 37 weeks of gestation, this is called premature rupture of membranes. This condition needs to be watched out for because it can cause premature labor.
Some women who experience leakage of amniotic fluid in the third trimester can be due to oligohydramnios. This is a condition when pregnant women have low amniotic fluid, or lack of amniotic fluid during pregnancy.
Contractions can put pressure on the amniotic fluid, so there is a risk of tearing the amniotic sac. This condition can also make amniotic fluid seep, Mother.
Several other conditions that are associated with ruptured and leaking membranes during pregnancy are Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), exposure to harmful substances, such as illegal drugs and alcohol, and the placenta separating from the uterus.
In most cases, leaking amniotic fluid is nothing to worry about. However, Mother should immediately see a doctor if she suspects premature rupture of the amniotic fluid.
Then what are the dangers of seeping amniotic fluid and what are its characteristics?
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