Q: Good evening Dr. My partner and I are having a baby. She’s 37 on Thursday. For the past 2 weeks or so she’s been having some kind of fluid leaking from her vagina. It’s not urine – it’s watery and she’s been having a lot of pains in her lower abdomen almost like period pains. It’s awful to an extant that she has to flee outa bed a lot or sit up straight. Also there has been some kinda mucus that’s light yellowish that came out. Please shed some light on what could be going on. We have a Dr.’s appointment on Thursday as well .Thank you in advance
A: Thanks for writing in.
Amniotic fluid is the fluid that surrounds and cushions a baby while in the womb. The fluid is contained within a sac called the amniotic sac. Usually just before a woman goes into labour, this sac ruptures and the fluid is released…that’s what is referred to waters breaking. When I had my last baby, my waters broke right in the hospital reception! And so, there was I with water all over my legs and people in the reception area watching 😀 It wasn’t quite funny on that day! But I digress…
Though, you are quite sure the leaking fluid is not urine, here a few things you can do to check:
- If it’s urine, it has the peculiar smell of urine and is usually leaked when one coughs, laughs or sneezes.
- If it’s vaginal discharge, it’s there constantly and may be clear, white or yellowish
- If it’s amniotic fluid, it’s likely to be clear, or slightly mucoid and/or blood stained and it wets panties continuously irrespective of whether one laughs or not
Not sure if the 37 you mean refers to 37 weeks as age of pregnancy or 37 years as age of your partner J I will assume that it refers to age of pregnancy. At 37 weeks, pregnancy is considered to have been carried to term. Therefore, the mucous she saw may be ‘show’. Show is a mucous plug that may be tinged with blood and is a sign that your cervix (neck of womb) is getting ready for labour.
The abdominal pasins he is having could be Braxton-Hicks contractions (these are ‘fake’ contractions preparing the womb for the main even :D). However, with the other symptoms she is having, the pains could very well be the real deal – real labour has started 😀
So, my advise is….forget your Thursday appointment and go see the obstetrician immediately. It appears your baby is about to make an early appearance 😀
All the best and congratulations in advance.
Have a good night y’all 😀