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Leaking Amniotic Fluid After Amniocentesis
Amniocentesis is a procedure used to draw a sample of the amniotic fluid that surrounds and cushions the baby in the womb. This fluid contains cells that have been sloughed off of the developing fetus. Amniocentesis is most often used to detect genetic abnormalities, though the results can also reveal the baby's sex, gauge lung maturity (if done close to term), detect amniotic fluid infections, or ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Hospital admission: If you are talking about water breaking between 24-34 weeks and no labor, you would be admitted to the hospital on bedrest. Steroid injections would be given to help mature the baby's lungs. Antibiotics may be given to reduce the risk of infection in the uterus. The baby would be monitored for heart rate problems and growth problems. ...Read more
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Many things: If you are worried about this you need to discuss this with your OB doc, various things can cause fluid to leak, and I assume early because if you start leaking fluid at 35 weeks or more the txment is to be delivered, premature labor, incompetent cervix, infection are some of teh things that can cause prom. ...Read more
I think I'm leaking amniotic fluid. Whatever came out was much more than discharge. Clear and kind of slimy or sticky after I touched it. N warn?
We need a little: More information. How far along r u? If over 23 weeks, if u think your water bag broke go in. If prior, still get seen soon but not nec. Tonight. Secondary to increased blood flow, the vagina does secrete more fluid in pregnancy. By history it usually is a noticeable event, though presentation is variable. You need to be seen sooner rather than later, especially if pre-term. ...Read more
Thin water type flu: Fluid that will just keep coming out, will not stop, usually thin and clear, can sometimes be greenish if baby had a meconium bm in utero but if you are concerned u may be leaking please call your OB right now, because if I was your doc I would send u to l&d if there was any concern about leaking af. ...Read more
A hole: The bag of water is held together by amniotic membranes that have less integrity than an overfilled water balloon. Sometimes, they develop a "hole" and leak and re-seal, and sometimes they don't. Either way you need to tell your OB MD of this development as fetus' can get infected and die if the membranes are truly compromised. ...Read more
Yes: The bag of waters can leak amniotic fluid even early in pregnancy. The fluid is fetal urine so some women think they just wet themselves. It is difficult for a woman to know, but there are tests OB providers do to tell if there was rupture of membranes (rom). Because there can be risks to woman and fetus, medical attention is required whenever liquid comes out her vagina as gush or persistent leak. ...Read more
How to tell if leaking amniotic fluid or just watery discharge? 26.5 weeks having small gushes of fluid when I wake/stand up and wetness on liner
See your doctor: Amniotic fluid can be detected best at your ob's office using various tools. If you're having gushes of fluid with movement, I suggest you see your OB for an ultrasound and an exam to check the fluid to ensure it's not amniotic fluid. ...Read more
My braxton hicks have been. 15min apart at night for 2 days. I was leaking this morning. I don't know if im leaking amniotic fluid. I'm in Third mester?
Call doctor: If you think you are leaking amniotic fluid, call your doctor right away. ...Read more
I'm 36 weeks and my panties get wet enough to leak through but not enough to fill a panty liner. How do I know if this is amniotic fluid? No scent.
Get checked: If you are unsure and think that you may have ruptured your membranes then it is very important to be promptly evaluated by a medical professional. ...Read more
Can I leak amniotic fluid where it is absorbed into my body? I am 32 weeks. I feel like my belly is shrinking
Amniotic fluid leak: Amniotic fluid leakage can go unnoticed, but there are also other potential complications intra utero that might be happening associated with oligohydramnios (low placenta fluid). It is difficult however to tell just by a gross look at your belly. Sometimes there are changes in the baby's position that can make it look like it shrank. Follow up with your OB asap if in doubt you may be leaking a.F. ...Read more
I'm 24 wks & have noticed my nial vaginal discharge has thinned out and seems a bit watery is this normal, could I have a slow leak of amniotic fluid?
Possibly: I would suggest testing at your OB or emergency room to rule out leakage of fluid. ...Read more
Can a yeast infection cause a pH strip to turn blue green when testing for amniotic fluid leaking?
My sister in law's baby died in utero around 16w. No amniotic fluid but she didn't have leaking. They said fetus was dehydrated. How so? Kidney issue?
Could be: Amniotic fluid includes urine made by the fetus during pregnancy.Those that have poorly formed or no kidneys or a severe blockage to their urine outflow, will not create enough amniotic fluid. The fetus remains so tightly shrinked wrapped, that they also can have poor lung growth (no room).These can survive pregnancy but die soon after birth. A loss early in pregnancy may indicate another issue. ...Read more
Infected in CMV prior to pregnancy. I realized there was no risk to the fetus. I want to perform amniocentesis. Is amniotic fluid used to do 16 20 wee?
Possible...: My advice would be to pose this question to your ob/gyn. As you will not be the one performing the actual procedure; best to ask the professionals. There is always a small risk of miscarriage after an amniocentesis; albeit minute...So best to discuss this with your obstetrician. ...Read more
Low amniotic fluid noted on u/s at 7+4w. Is it related to schs or placenta insufficiency? What can I do to increase the amount of fluid in sac?
No intervention: There are no interventions to correct this problem at this gestational age. ...Read more
Diabetes?: Most of the time we don't know what causes polyhydramnios. It is associated with maternal diabetes and can result from trouble with the fetal kidneys or swallowing ability. In and of itself, it isn't harmful, though it can result in cord prolapse if the water breaks through an open cervix. Ask your doctor. ...Read more
Amniosintesis: Amniosintesis refers to the removal of a sample of amniotic fluid for analysis. ...Read more
Yes: Excess amniotic fluid can be associated with diabetes, infection, and birth defects that prevent the fetus from swallowing. It can also be associated with an increased risk of stillbirth. Once the causes above have been eliminated, testing of the fetus' wellbeing should be done until delivery. ...Read more
Meconium staining: Sometimes, however, a baby has a bowel movement before or during birth. If this happens, the amniotic fluid released when the mother's bag of water breaks will have a greenish tint. At times when the baby is not getting enough oxygen before or during birth, the baby may take a breath and inhale some meconium, which can irritate the baby's lungs and cause lung problems that can be severe. ...Read more
Rapid look for Down.: Fish stands of fluorescent in-situ hybidization of the chromosomes in fetal cells obtained after invasive prenatal diagnosis (such as amniocentesis). When time is of the essence, fish can give a preliminary result of fetal aneuploidy (e.g. Down syndrome) within 24 hours from the procedure. It should be followed by a full karyotype and chromosomal microarray analysis. ...Read more
Based on setting: During pregnancy, it is not unusual to see "debris" in the amniotic fluid during ultrasound. This is likely related to vernix - a cheesy substane produced by the baby. On the other hand, bloody amniotic fluid that is actually seen can be normal, or it can be a sign of a complication called placental abruption. In either case, this should be clarified by the ob/gyn involved. ...Read more
No specific cure: Oligohydramnios occurs infrequently in pregancy and there is no specific cure. Sometimes the amniotic fluid volume will increase with increased fluid intake (increased hydration). However the cause of the low fluid volume is the important factor and the specific management will depend on that diagnosis. ...Read more
Clinical and DIC: Amniotic fluid embolism, depending on the amount of fluid getting into maternal circulation can be catastrophic. The diagnosis depends on clinical suspicion and testing for disseminated intra-vascular coagulation, namely low platelet count, elevated pt ptt, abnormal shape of red cells, low fibrinogen and fibrin split products, chest x-ray etc. ...Read more
Probably: If your afi is < 5, yes. If it's borderline, between 5-8, it should be strongly considered unless your cervix is unfavorable (difficult to induce d/t being closed, thick, and/or firm). If they wait, you also need a normal non-stress test (nst) or biophysical profile (bpp). If your afi > 8, it's ok to wait. Discuss this with your OB & make sure you understand "kick counts" & when to go to l&d. ...Read more
Sudden shock, death.: Afe is an extremely rare but typically lethal complication of late pregnancy. Usually it is unheralded and manifests with complete cardiovascular collapse requiring immediate advanced cardiac life support to avoid rapid death from bleeding and asystole. If the woman is still pregnant, stat delivery may help preserve the fetal life/brain. ...Read more
Low amniotic fluid: Amniotic fluid levels are a indicator of good fetal health. Sometimes low fluid can just be representative of poor maternal hydration. Other times low fluid (oligohydramnios) can represent an adverse intrauterine enviorment due to many medical problems like hypertension or preeclampsia. Certain fetal and placental issues can also cause low fluid. Diagnosis and treatment can increase fluid. ...Read more
Not much: Either your amniotic fluid is leaking or there is a fetal anomaly, I'm sure your doctors have discussed various causes and expected outcomes ...Read more
Most mild cases of polyhydramnios can be observed and just followed with increased testing. Most of time, all goes well.
Treating maternal diabetes, if that is the cause, can also improve the polyhydramnios.
In severe cases, medication or drainage of some of the fluid may be indicated. ...Read more