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How will i know if i have an amniotic fluid leak?

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Dr. Jessica Scotchie
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fluid leakage: If you have liquid discharge, you should notify your physician. Most women's water doesn't break until labor starts, however, sometimes the amniotic bag ruptures prior to labor, and can even occur preterm. Symptoms can include sudden burst of fluid from the vagina, or a chronic watery discharge. Either symptom is concerning and should be reported immediately to your physician.
Dr. Stephen Scarantino
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
It can be difficult: Being able to tell if you "broke your water" can, at times, be difficult to ascertain. Any question that you may have an amniotic leak should immediately be brought to your ob's attention. Nevertheless, some signs may be a constant trickle of fluid or wetness.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What will happen if I get an amniotic fluid leak?

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Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 17 years experience
Watch and wait: I am assuming that you are talking about a fluid leak after a procedure like an amniocentesis. If so, most doctors will discuss bedrest and watching for the leaking to stop. They will also probably repeat ultrasounds to see if the amniotic fluid level increases. 90% of babies survive after a fluid leak after an amniocentesis.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How to tell if I am leaking amniotic fluid?

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Dr. Jennifer Austin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
See your doc: The way to tell if you are leaking amniotic fluid is to see your doc. We have a couple of tests that we can do. (Amnisure swab, speculum exam testing) Don't wait to go in because it increases risks of infection or preterm issues if you are leaking and do not see your doc.

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