Although only 10-15% of labors begin with a woman’s waters breaking, it’s not always easy to know if it’s your waters, discharge or an accident. So what does amniotic fluid smell like?
- It doesn’t have the ammonia or acidic smell of urine.
- It may smell slightly sweet.
- It may smell slightly fleshy or like semen.
- It may not have any smell at all.
If you’re concerned your waters have broken, put on a pad. If the pad is soaked within 30 minutes, it’s likely your waters. If you do suspect your waters have broken, or the liquid has a brown/green color, phone your health care provider.
Most women whose water breaks will go into labor within 2-3 days. Although some doctors may want to induce/augment labor after your water breaks, it’s up to you if you’d rather wait until labor begins naturally. Here is a good read on the risks and benefits of waiting for labor to start naturally if your amniotic sac has broken.
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