Hi I'm 29 weeks and have had a lot of discharge throughout my pregnancy but recently it has really increased. I've now started worrying that it's not discharge but amniotic fluid. How can I tell? Thanks
Amniotic fluid has a very distinct smell, not yucky but very bodily and sweet, it's very hard to describe, but once you know the smell, you know it. You wouldn't mistake it with wee. I would speak to your midwife if you are concerned, even mildly. They deal with these questions every day so wont be shocked or dismiss your concerns, it's part of their care to explore any worrys and put your mind at rest/deal with any problems.
I had the same at about 28 weeks. Totally freaked me out! I saw my doc the next day and she said there wasn't much she could do. She did an internal exam and checked cervix was still closed but said there was no way for her to check herself if I'd lost fluid (not the right equipment in doc's surgery). Apparently midwives have 'amniosticks' which can check whether a discharge is amniotic fluid or something else so she said if it happens again to phone maternity triage and insist on being checked. The other altertnative is a scan, but I doubt many docs/midwives would send you for one unless they were pretty sure you'd lost fluid (I could be wrong!)
Um, in a nutshell, I'd call midwife and ask for their advice.