Pregnancy: Leaking amniotic fluid or urine?

When I cough or sneeze really hard, I notice a wetness in my underwear. It is not a constant thing. I only leak occasionally. My midwife said it is not a leak of amniotic fluids. I am in my 19th week and my ultrasound is Tuesday. Is this a bladder problem, or did my midwife miss something?


Peg Plumbo CNM

Peg Plumbo has been a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) since 1976. She has assisted at over 1,000 births and currently teaches in the... Read more

It is possible that you have a leak in the bag of waters; however, it is also possible that you have pressure on your bladder and are leaking urine. Because it is in small quantities, it may not feel or smell like urine. This happens to a lot of women.

For now, limit activities and wait for the ultrasound. The results will indicate if there is a normal or low amount of fluid. If it is normal, it is unlikely that you have a leak in your bag of waters, so you will be able to rest easy. If it is low, you will need bed rest and observation to see if it will seal back over.

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