How can you tell the difference between discharge and amniotic fluid?

Probably TMI…but could you post an anonymous question…I am 2 days away from being 36 weeks pregnant…I sat down today…only happened once…and felt something come out … not a lot but not sure if it was discharge or amniotic fluid…can any moms give me some advice or their experiences on how to tell the difference. Thank you


Sounds like maybe the Mucus plug


You can go to your ob or midwife and they can do a simple test to check if it’s amniotic fluid.


You can have your doctor check if it was amniotic fluid. It’s better to be safe

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I was two weeks past my due date and every time I sat down, I would pee a little even tho I already used the toilet and didn’t have to go again. My water had broken at the top and every time I sat down, the pressure forced a little amniotic fluid out. Best to be checked by the dr.

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Ask your OB to check your fluids. If it’s amniotic fluid it’s clear, smells sweet, and would be the same consistency as urine. If it’s a slow leak it’s hard to tell the difference from urine. If happened to me over a slow period and my son was in serious distress once it was discovered. Advocate for yourself and have them check if you think that’s it!


Amniotic fluid has a sweet smell to it. Lay down on your left side for a few and the stand up. See if you are leaking.

When my water broke I could hear it. Like a balloon popped inside me. It took a minute before I started leaking but it was a steady leak. With my first baby I stood up and gushed a lot of fluid like I had peed my pants.

Your doctor can check to see if it is or not. I had the same concern when I was pregnant and felt super weird asking and talking about gross stuff. My doctor just laughed and told me to ask all the gross questions I wanted. If it is amniotic fluid then that would be very serious and would require medical attention.

You could have what they call a hind leak… call doctor

Discharge is white , it happens all the time for me, but this kind of sounds like your mucus plug! Amniotic fluid is kind of continuous, if it happened once it’s probably not leaking

When I was pregnant with my daughter I got up and felt something on my leg when i went to the bathroom it was liquidy mucus (I hadn’t peed that morning yet) I decided to go get checked out turned out it wasnt my water but I was in labor and 6cm dilated

Best to get checked. I bent down at 38 weeks and thought i felt a small gush. Thought it possibly was my water slowly breaking but decided to wait it out for contractions. Those never came. By the next day I was feeling off so went it for an exam. Come to find out I had been ruptured for over 24 hours putting the baby at risk. Had to be induced immediately. Get checked. Better safe than sorry!

Call doctor they can do a swab to see if it is fluid.

Sounds like your mucus plug. Just call your dr or nurse (I had both I could call at any time at the health center I went to) they will let you know if there is anything to be concerned about. Or you can get checked at your hospital to see if your water broke. I had no idea mine did until I was in the er trying to figure out if I was going to be admitted

Amniotic fluid is clear, watery, and smells sweet. Only thing they can do is check your fluid levels by ultrasound but unless you have something they can test you won’t really know for sure. I’ve lost fluid with 2 pregnancies. Other discharge could be yeast infection or just normal hormonal discharge like pieces of mucus plug. You can lose that over and over as it grows back.

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Check with your doctor for sure. Definitely better to be safe!

At 29.5 weeks I suddenly started having to use 2 liners throughout the day (normal was just 1 liner a day)…wasn’t noticing anything else. Went to go make sure everything was ok and was 2.5 cm and contracting every 2-3 minutes and never even knew it! Had our son at 31w0d…1 week after I went to see what was going on.

I had the same and was a amniotic fluid leak. Went on for days. Finally I went in to get checked. Labor didn’t progress so they did a csection and my daughter was born with an infection and had IVs hooked up for days followed by 9 months of thrush due to infection. Please get checked

Amniotic fluid smell sweet like almonds. It’s clear And can sometimes have chunks as my husband has said when they broke my water with my first time it looked like chicken soup lol if it broke on its own it would also be a slow steady leak and it would also come out s little more with moving around.

Your 36 weeks. If you have shown no others signs of labor it is probably just pee!

if you think it’s a Mia not excluded call your doctor’s office ASAP go to the hospital and they will swab you and have a sit down to the lab to see if it’s your immune otic fluid

You would have to see if it happens again. You may be leaking urine when you go to sit too fast.