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How would I know if my waters are leaking?

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RockerMummy184 Thu 25-Jun-15 15:10:41

I posted earlier about not being able to control my bladder today, but was wondering how I would know for sure if it is actually just wee or my waters that are leaking.
I've just been to the loo and checked my pad and it's a sort of pinky colour, rather than the yellowy you'd expect. Dont have a uti. Urine was dipped yesterday at mw app and also had a sample sent off a week ago with nothing unudual detected. Can't smell it coz the tena pads I'm using are odor neutralising so it smells of nothing.
Any idea?

happygojo Thu 25-Jun-15 15:23:40

I have no experience of this, but if you have a maternity pad, I would stick that on (maternity pads don't effect the colour or odour meaning things can be detected). Have you eaten a lot a beetroot? As always, if in doubt, get checked out. But if you have a maternity pad to hand I would put it on so that a MW can have a look (grim i know!)

Ficidy Thu 25-Jun-15 15:25:16

If it was your waters, there would be a constant leak, not just every once in a while. I've had issues with bladder control on this pregnancy, so you have my sympathies. How many weeks are you?

RockerMummy184 Thu 25-Jun-15 15:26:30

I don't have a maternity pad and haven't eaten beetroot in about 3 years.
I'm sure it's nothing and I'm just getting myself worked up. I can't get an app to see my mw again for 5 weeks so hoping it'll stop soon so I don't need to worry.

booksandchoc Thu 25-Jun-15 15:26:53

When my waters started leaking it's had quite a sticky thick viscosity and smelled really sweet. But if in doubt, get it checked. Your maternity unit can do a really quick swab and check if it is amniotic fluid.

RockerMummy184 Thu 25-Jun-15 15:27:32

It's leaking constantly and the I get a bigger gush when I cough/sneeze/laugh etc. I'm 23w with twins.

SunbathingCat Thu 25-Jun-15 15:28:33

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MagnesiaFountain Thu 25-Jun-15 15:31:16

This happened to me. It wasn't constant, I thought it was wee too. I don't mean to alarm you, I was only 26 weeks and went into a labour a few days after it started. I wouldn't wait to get checked if I were you, go ASAP. Even if it's nothing, at least your mind will be at ease. Good luck.

TwitchyTail2 Thu 25-Jun-15 15:32:31

Please get it checked. Maternity units can do a swab, and they can also examine you with a (sterile) speculum to see if there appears to be a leak. If there are concerns they may do a scan to check if there is reduced fluid around the baby.

It will not necessarily be a constant leak. I had a hindwater leak at 35.5 weeks and it was just an occasional bit of fluid every couple of hours, usually when I changed position. It was clear/very light pink and didn't smell of anything. A few days later my waters broke properly and I had DS a few hours after that. Not meaning to scare but please don't ignore it.

TwitchyTail2 Thu 25-Jun-15 15:35:02

PS a leak does not necessarily mean labour is imminent, but action will be needed - usually antibiotics, monitoring, advice on what to avoid (baths, sex, anything that can increase infection risk).

RockerMummy184 Thu 25-Jun-15 15:59:19

Thanks ladies. Spoke to the assessment unit who asked me to confirm 100% that I'm not just wetting myself which obviously I can't do, so they've asked me to go in and get seen.
Fingers crossed I'll be leaving throughly embarrassed that I've made a fuss about being a pissy pants nothing.

Bogwoppit22 Thu 25-Jun-15 19:04:30

Make sure they do an Actimprom test, to confirm it's your waters and not incontinence. Do NOT accept that you have been incontinent without this test.

I awoke at 2am on Sunday 14th/Monday 15th just gone to the thought of "oh my god I've just wet myself" and dashed to the bathroom. My undercrakers were sodden. I thought "waters broken or wee?" and called the big local hospital. They asked me to go in at 8am the next day, did a check with a speculum and were looking for pools of amniotic fluid. Didn't find any and decided I had indeed wet myself, or perhaps it was discharge. This was despite me telling them it didn't smell like wee. But they're the professionals, so I accepted their diagnosis and I went home. I spent the rest of the day feeling a little unconvinced, but had no proof to the contrary. I went to bed at 10pm Monday night, and awoke at midnight to go to the loo, upon standing I managed to soak through a pair of knickers again, I went back to bed got up at 2am for a wee and got through yet another pair. At this point I decided there's no way I'd p!ssed myself 3 times in one day, so I called my smaller local hospital this time and they called me in. 4am Tuesday 16th, and the smaller local hospital do an Actim-PROM test, confirm IT IS amniotic fluid (from my hind waters), and since I was Group B Strep positive and I had experienced a PROM more than 24hrs previously, I was admitted for emergency induction with full antibiotics. My daughter was born at 37w at 10:46am on Wednesday 17th! So the take home message is Actim-PROM and trust your instincts. Good luck! :-)

RaaRaaTheLion Thu 25-Jun-15 19:07:05

Good luck OP, hope all is well and that they see you quickly flowers

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