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Hi all,

This is pregnancy related so its a bit tmi.


So I'm almost 39 weeks pregnant and I lost part of my mucous plug two days ago. I've been noticing that my panties are just slightly wet whenever I go to check them. I know it's also common to leak urine but at this point I can't tell which it is, especially what if I'm leaking both urine AND amniotic fluid. I also noticed that my baby is really low and sitting deeper in my pelvis because my groin hurts like crazy whenever I move just a little bit. So there's a chance my water could have broken but her head is just preventing it from gushing out and it's coming out super slowly.

So, I'm wondering if I could wear my menstrual cup to ensure that I'm only catching stuff from the vagina and not leaking pee into my panties or panty liner. I actually don't even have any pads at home because I'm a cup user and they usually recommend that you bring in the pad for them to check. I just figured a cup of fluid would be so much easier to check. Since the liquid seems to come out so slowly, it seems like it always just dries right up in an hour or so.

Seems like a lot of people say that you need to keep things out of the vagina to not risk infection but I don't see how my sanitized cup could be any worse than sterile medical gloves that the doctor will be checking with internally anyways! I'm thinking to just leave in for a few hours to see what it will collect. I would be super careful to keep things super clean if I attempt this too...but is there anything that I'm missing that might be a bigger risk? 


 
Stephanietheblondechika on November 3rd, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
I personally wouldn't, it's going to be up there for a while not in and out like a doctors hands.
Stefaninastefanina on November 4th, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)
I'd suggest calling your doctor before doing that,just in case.
Sapphire Kittumsapphire_kittum on November 4th, 2012 02:43 am (UTC)
I personally wouldn't, since there is a risk of pushing any lingering bacteria up further into your vagina, and you don't want to do that if your waters have indeed broken. Even when the doctor is doing any internal examinations and they use sterile gloves, there is still the same risk, because your vagina is not sterile. I would suggest purchasing some pads and using them to catch the fluid, since you will need them post partum anyway.
noptimum on November 4th, 2012 03:33 am (UTC)
Thanks everyone, just needed some extra convincing :)

Definitely not worth risking anything now that we've come this far!
Jennnakedfaery on November 4th, 2012 08:44 am (UTC)
I wouldn't put anything in there if you think your waters might have broken. Even vaginal exams aren't necessary.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on November 4th, 2012 10:11 am (UTC)
This isn't a good idea. Right now you don't want to introduce anything unnecessary. Also, unless you actually have an autoclave at home and handle your cup with sterile gloves, it won't be sterilized, just sanitized. That's fine ordinarily, but not at the moment. For example, my doctor accidentally used unsterile gloves in my last exam and ended up introducing an infection that significantly complicated my daughter's birth.
OmniAliaomnialia on November 5th, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
yeah, cups for whatever reason, sex toys, whatever, are safe until the membrane breaks, but if it breaks there's definite danger of infection to the baby. Not even sex at that point! i'd also say no cup.

Hey birth should be soon....hurray! And wishing you a fabulous and safe birth for you and your little one!
noptimum on November 10th, 2012 09:07 am (UTC)
Thanks for the advice everyone! I didn't end up using it and then of course my water breaks for real and there was no denying it this time. Felt a 'pop' and then continued to leak and it soaked up several useless pads. Well no matter, my beautiful baby girl is 3 days old now and no harm was done to her cup wise! Haha