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Hello,

I am 33 weeks pregnant and I think my doctor should see me. My baby has been moving around less, I've had bad Braxton Hicks, and either I'm leaking fluid or the discharge I'm experiencing has ramped up A LOT.

I called once and the nurse said "that seems normal, call back if it becomes more liquidy". I'm not satisfied with this (and idk what that means). I could just use a little encouragement to call back and advocate for myself. Or, if you've been pregnant before, tell me it you think it's normal to have enough discharge to soak through your underwear and get your thighs sticky.

Thank you!

Hello, I am 33 weeks pregnant and I think my doctor should see me. My baby has been moving around less, I've had bad Braxton Hicks, and either I'm leaking fluid or the discharge I'm experiencing has ramped up A LOT. I called once and the nurse said "that seems normal, call back if it becomes more liquidy". I'm not satisfied with this (and idk what that means). I could just use a little encouragement to call back and advocate for myself. Or, if you've been pregnant before, tell me it you think it's normal to have enough discharge to soak through your underwear and get your thighs sticky. Thank you!

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Anything that causes your internal alarm bells to go off is worth calling about.

You might have lost your mucus plug, or you may have a tear that's allowing some fluid to leak. Either way, getting checked out shouldn't take too much time. If your doctor isn't willing to see you, go straight to L&D. Let them know you've had fewer movements, more contractions, and leaking fluid or excessive discharge. They will be able to figure out what's up.

Glad things are good.

I agree with others that if in any doubt always go in.

Do you know about count the kicks?

https://countthekicks.org/

It’s a useful thing to do, both for your own tracking of things, but also to use as concrete data to advocate for yourself with. If you can say the kicks are normally between x and y number, but have dropped by m % to g amount within the last hour, then it’s easier to stick up for yourself.

For your own peace of mind- by that stage of pregnancy pee or discharge can leak for some, and mixed with sweat it can feel all kinds of icky, and amniotic fluid tends to smell strongly, but it isn’t uncommon for waters to go slowly over time and to not have as noticeable a smell. And often there’s a huge amount they can do safely about this, depending on which weeks. So while it’s useful to calm yourself if it doesn’t have to obvious reek, it is always better to go get checked every time you feel worried.

If you have the same worries again just call l&d and say I feel like I’m leaking fluid and count the kicks are x different, so I’m on my way in now. Or go straight in and say it.

Thank you so much for all of this info. It's really hard at this stage when they are so small and vulnerable, but you can't really keep an eye on them. It definitely gets harder in most ways when they come into the world, but this time is challenging in its own right. Thanks for the reply!

My water broke at 22 weeks with my oldest child. I was also told “oh you probably just had an accident” since it happened while I was sleeping.

I wasn’t satisfied with that answer, so I went straight to l&d. There’s a simple test they can do to see if it’s amniotic fluid or not, and surprise surprise, mine was!

I didn’t know at the time that you can actually remain pregnant for a good deal of time following a rupture as long as you’re in a hospital setting. I lasted 7 weeks with antibiotics and drugs to keep my uterus calm.

They typically deliver most ruptured cases at 34 weeks though because that’s when it’s riskier to continue the pregnancy vs just letting the baby stay in the NICU.

I hope that information helps! I definitely recommend going to l&d at the hospital in your area that has the best NICU.

Oh, and my rupture baby? He’s now a healthy teenager! Hoping for the best for you and you’d little one.

Thank you! Heading out now

Go to the ER right now. It's not worth your baby's life to avoid feeling silly if it's nothing.

When I was pregnant, passed 20 weeks I was told to skip the ER and go straight to L&D with any issues. Just decreased kicks alone would have been a reason to go in. That’s what I’d do if I were you. Hopefully it’s nothing, but they could quickly do all of the checks to be sure.

[–] Alceriniel 5 points Edited

If you are experiencing weird (to you) symptoms your OBG should schedule a same-day visit and hook you up to a fetal heart monitor AT MINIMUM - as much as I hated my OBG and as much as they made my pregnancy a nightmare, they did at least do that without any kind of an issue.

I had a scare where I thought my water had broken at one point and - NOPE - the little one had kicked my bladder! Whoopsie! That being said they told me to come there immediately and did a checkup within an hour. No fuss at all!

Tell your OBG you are coming in, TODAY and expect to be examined by the nurse/midwife and then go over your concerns with your OB and have the fetal heart rate checked.

Never question your gut when it comes to these things, and don't apologize for giving a shit about yourself or your baby.

Edit to add: there is some kind of cuttoff line where if you go to the ER at all, they automatically send you to L&D, I have another fascinating story about finding that out that I will have to share one day.

Thanks so much! I ended up going in and I was checked out. A doc from my clinic was there and said the nurse was incorrect to dismiss me like that and I did the right thing by going in. Everything is fine now. It was a false alarm. Still glad I got checked out though.

Phew! Really good reading that! Good on you for going with your instinct! And great news about things being fine with you and the baby!

Hopefully, everything will be progressing smoothly from here on out.

If it feels like something is wrong, better to be safe than sorry.

If my mom had listened to her doctors telling her nothing was wrong then this comment probably wouldn’t exist.

I'd go into labor and delivery. Baby moving around less is a reason to go imo. The discharge being sticky would worry me, amniotic fluid is really sticky and thin in my experience and feels unpleasantly so. She might be thinking you're having sticky, thick discharge, which would be different.