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Leaking Amniotic Fluid

Leaking amniotic fluid is one major sign of labor during pregnancy. However, in the case of PROM, or premature rupturing of membranes, it can be a sign that something is wrong. An emergency circumstance would involve heavy leakage of amniotic fluid occurring before thirty-seven weeks. Occasionally, a small tear in the amniotic membranes may cause earlier than usual leakage. Sometimes, these tears heal on their own although in severe cases, full bed rest might be recommended by a physician. If you are leaking at an early stage during your pregnancy, make sure to wear a sanitary napkin and receive medical attention as soon as possible in order to prevent infection and stress to the fetus. Keep in mind NEVER to use tampons during pregnancy. It is important to always see your physician if you believe something is not normal. Because it is not always obvious weather the leakage is of urine or amniotic fluid, many over the counter products can help test the fluid at home. This can be vital in keeping both you and your baby safe because it helps eliminate doubts about urine leakage and encourages you to get the care you may need right away. Although often portrayed as an obvious bursting and gushing out of water, amniotic rupture can sometimes be a constant yet slight trickle of fluid. Also, only 10 percent of women have membrane breakage before labor begins so it is possible to go into labor without having your water break.

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