Can You Trust Results from an Amniotic Fluid Leak Test at Home?
Can you actually take an amniotic fluid leak test at home and actually gain results? If so, how? Well, the answer is not just a simple “yes” or “no,” because it all depends on how close you are to your due date. If you’re close to your due date, then there are no pressing concerns other than getting to the hospital quickly. You are going into labor.
However, there’s potential risk for complications or preterm birth if this happens before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Nonetheless, knowing the signs and symptoms are vital since this occurrence signals the onset of labor. Furthermore, there are some steps you can take if you suspect that the amniotic sac has indeed ruptured.
What’s the significance of ruptured membranes?
The rupture of the amniotic sac is one factor that signals the onset of labor or an increase in the intensity of the contractions if it happens later on during labor. Around the time of the due date, this is not a reason for alarm since it is part of the birthing process. (Just make sure to get to the hospital.)
However, prior to 37 weeks, a tear in the amniotic sac causes concern due to the increased possibility of premature birth and an infection settling in for the baby once this protective membrane stops working. So if you feel that ominous trickle or a steady stream, then you will need to determine whether or not you’re leaking amniotic fluid or only if you accidentally urinated.
Signs that Membranes Have Ruptured
Also, when trying to distinguish what type of fluid is leaking, there are some additional physical symptoms that point toward a ruptured membrane that you should be aware of:
There are other signs that might give you more of an idea of what’s going on:
Thus, paying very close attention these symptoms is important, but examining the leakage can give you more information to pass on to your doctor when you make the call to the hospital or office.
The Basic Amniotic Fluid Leak Test at Home
Performing an amniotic fluid leak test at home is not very complicated at all, but one thing you would need to remember is that the purpose behind this is to gain more specific details to pass on to your doctor when you call the office or hospital.
The most basic test consists of the following steps:
Other Home Tests to perform while waiting
This would require some preparation ahead of time, but you can try using a test strip that can be purchased online to measure the pH level of the fluid if you are able to collect some. Here are some possible choices of test strips:
What you would do with both strips includes:
Also, keep in mind that amniotic fluid has a pH level that is higher than 7.1.
For more details on testing leakage to see whether or not it’s amniotic fluid, you view this video about another amniotic fluid leak test at home.
What You Should Do
To review what we have just discussed, amniotic fluid might have a straw-like color, but it is odorless unlike urine. If the membranes have ruptured, then you would have a continuous dripping or even a gush; whereas accidental urination trigger by pressure on the bladder stops.
Also, remember to take the necessary measures:
Timing is important because leakage of amniotic fluid can cause labor to begin if you weren’t already experiencing contractions.
We’d love to hear from you if you have any more questions or some insight to share with us.