Amniotic fluid is the fluid that surrounds the developing fetus inside the mother’s womb.
Amniotic Fluid Function
- Serves as cushion that protects the fetus from accidental blows and injuries.
- Allows free movement of the fetus.
- Also serves as an insulator that prevents the fetus from heat loss.
- Normally amniotic fluid is swallowed and excreted by the fetus. Some of the fluid goes to the lungs to help it mature.
Leakage Of Amniotic Fluid
To ascertain whether it is urine or not, you can do the following:
- Wear a napkin (not a tampon) and observe the color of the fluid. Amniotic fluid is colorless.
- If the color is brownish-yellow, green, or reddish, go to the hospital immediately and show it to your obstetrician. Also tell your doctor about other changes you had.
Causes Of Amniotic Fluid Leakage
- Accidents, e.g. vehicular accidents
- Blows or injuries to the abdomen
- There is a defect in the amniotic sac, the cervix, or the uterus
- Infection especially from a urinary tract infection
- Premature labor or contractions.
- Fetal growth may stop
- Premature labor
- Abortion or miscarriage
Amniotic Fluid Leakage In Pregnancy
- Consult your obstetrician.
- The mother should not douche.
- You may need to increase your fluid intake to catch up with the loss.
- She is advised to take bed rest and is not allowed to use the toilet.
- She should never use tampon. Instead, she can have sanitary or maternity pads.
- If you have severe discharge, you may be hospitalized.
Your obstetrician may order medications to stop premature contractions if it is the cause.