I was going to write a "serious" talkin' shop post today on pre-eclampsia (with many mentions of PIH, GH, eclampsia, HELLP syndrome and all sorts of other acronyms)...but I just couldn't do it.
It just didn't flow...so, for those of you interested in it, I started a thread in my community on pregnancy complications. A place to discuss your experiences, a sounding board for others with questions, or just somewhere to read some interesting facts...
So have at. It's ready if you want it!
Okay...now, on to today's Talkin' Shop post.
One of the most common things sweet young mothers come into the hospital for, other than "Is it Time yet???", is "I think my water broke!" (Ala, "I was buying my Marlboros and Mountain Dew at WalMart when my water broke in Aisle 5.")
Let's talk Water Breakage...
Typically, when you have water breakage, you get one of two results...
A large, unmistakable gush...or a small trickle.
And, that small trickle is where it gets...well...tricky! You see, when you have a large human being growing inside of you, and a small, fluid filled bladder residing just beneath it...well...let's just say that it ain't uncommon to pee yourself.
Sometimes, you pee so much it feels like a steady dibble. You cough, you pee. You laugh, you pee. You hop, you pee. You sneeze, and Niagara falls comes gushing out of your urethra. Only your urethra and not your vagina (ACK!!! I said urethra AND vagina in the same post! Weirdness. I don't like the word vagina...but that's neither here nor there...)
I can see why people get confused!
Here's where you're gonna think I'm really crazy.
That I'm really off my rocker.
Feel free to have me committed. It's been a rough week (ugh...and it's only Tuesday...) and I could use a few days away...snugged up in a nice white coat, being cared for by people who bring me food, rather than by people who demand food FROM me.
Oooookkkkaaayyyy, slight digression there...where were we?
Oh, yeah...I'm crazy.
You're really gonna think I am one weird nutjob...but here's what I've gotta tell you...
You know that smell that newborns have? That "bottle it up and sell it", deep down, undertone smell? EVERY baby has it.
And that smell is amniotic fluid. Those sweet babes have marinated in that fluid for 40 +/- weeks and have soaked in that smell until it has become a part of them.
Lemme tell you something else.
Urine doesn't smell like that. Believe you me, if you soak a baby in urine for 40 +/- weeks, it ain't gonna smell so wondrous!
Urine smells like ammonia. Amniotic fluid smells like...well...amniotic fluid. It has a sweet smell to it.
At this point, I'm sure you are nervously awaiting my point in this whole "smell" talk we're having. Have you guessed it yet?
Yup. You've got it!!
Yes ma'am...I want you to sniff your panties...or your pad...or the puddle of liquid on the floor. Give it a good ol' whiff. You'll be able to tell.
And, if you can't?
C'mon in. We'd rather have you come in and find out if it IS amniotic fluid, than sit at home for days potentially brewing an infection.
Happy sniffing! ;)