How to determine what is water?
Amniotic fluid is the habitat of the child in the womb. They protect the baby from pathogenic microorganisms, from physical effects on the woman’s abdomen, from the pressure of the uterus walls. Amniotic fluid is simply necessary for the normal development of the fetus.
The subject of amniotic fluid worries many pregnant women. Let's see how to determine what it is water, and distinguish them from other secretions.
Amniotic fluid leakage
The rule is the outpouring of amniotic fluid for a period of 38 weeks and beyond. From the body goes about 0.5 liters. fluid, it's hard to miss. If the underwear starts to get wet regularly a little bit, the liquid is clear and looks like water, then this may indicate water leakage. At the same time, it is urgent to see a doctor, no matter how long you are. Whatever time of day it is, go to the nearest hospital and check. In the emergency room of the maternity hospital you will be examined and a special test will be done that will determine whether it is water or not.
Water leak test
If you suspect that the water goes drop by drop, and you do not know how to determine the leakage of amniotic fluid, ask the gynecologist to do a special smear. It is taken from the back of the pregnancy. It is in this area that the waters will be detected, if the leakage still took place.
You can also conduct a home experiment, but remember, you are not an expert, but your child’s life is at stake!
Empty the bladder, wash up, wipe thoroughly with a towel. Lay on the bed a clean diaper, lie down. Lie quietly for 15 minutes. If a wet stain forms, call an ambulance.
At the pharmacy, you can purchase a test strip to determine the leakage of amniotic fluid. This is a non-invasive method of self-diagnosis of secretions during pregnancy, which will help to distinguish the amniotic fluid from other vaginal secretions. The test looks like a normal gasket. It placed a special test strip. The indicator on it changes color from yellow to blue when in contact with a liquid with a high pH. This indicator in amniotic fluid is 6.5 - 7, and the vaginal pH is normally less than about 3 units.
Sold and other tests to determine the waters in pregnant women. The rapid test in the form of a reagent and a strip is also convenient for use at home.
- Place the tampon in the vagina before use.
- Then put it in a container with a solvent for 1 minute.
- Now the tampon should be thrown out, and the test strip should be placed in the container.
- One strip on the dough means no leakage of amniotic fluid, and two - the presence.
Amniotic fluid rupture
The bubble burst, the waters moved, this is a signal that there are only a few hours left before the birth of the baby. What does it mean the water has diverted or how to determine that it is amniotic fluid?
Signs of water flow
If the discharge of water will be swift, then you will find around you suddenly a large puddle of water, as if poured a bucket of water. This is not confused with the process of urination. There is no need to relieve the need. If the discharge of water will be passive in small portions, then there may be prompted by the absence of color and smell from the liquid. Although white flakes may be noticeable in the discharge. The discharge of water may be accompanied by the beginning or intensification of contractions, but not always. Remember, as soon as the water is gone, you must urgently go to the hospital!