You wanted to know if it’s possible for your bladder to leak during pregnancy without you knowing it and if your bladder is leaking, then there will be evidence of it, like your underwear will be damp at best and maybe even a little bit wet so you’ll feel like you have to change. And, let’s face it, it’s very common to pee your pants during pregnancy because the bladder can’t get very full because it’s being squished and if the baby moves just right then a little bit of urine might come out. And that’s okay if that’s happened to you or if it happens to you in the future. Just move on with your day and accept that it happens. But it’s important to pay attention to those little trickles that feel uncontrollable to you. If you’re sure it was urine, then great, you can go on with your day. But if there’s any question in your mind about it being amniotic fluid, then make sure you’re checked out by a healthcare professional, either in your doctor’s office or on Labor and Delivery. When your water breaks, it can actually feel like you’re peeing your pants or having little uncontrollable leaks from your bladder. And this is because the baby’s head is acting like a cork and preventing a lot of fluid from coming out at once. The movies make it look like when your water breaks it’s like, “Cleanup on aisle 10!” and there’s water gushing everywhere and then the baby just comes out. But that’s usually not how it happens. Especially if it’s your first. You may just have a little uncontrollable trickle and you’re not about to call anyone and tell them that you peed your pants. So if there’s any doubt, go to the bathroom and empty your bladder and put on a pad or a pantiliner and if over the next 30 to 60 minutes or so you continue to have trickles, then go get checked out on Labor and Delivery. Or if you have a suspicious gush a little bit later, go get checked out. The importance of this is that once your water is broken, this is an admit ticket to the hospital. The amniotic sac acts as a barrier between the inside and outside world and once there’s a breach in that barrier, then bacteria can go up inside the uterus and cause infection. And of course this can make you and the baby sick. If your water is actually, indeed, broken, then this is an admit ticket to the hospital and if you’re past a certain gestational age in pregnancy, the doctor will induce you, because the longer your water’s broken before delivery, the higher the risk is to you and your baby. One other thing to consider is urinary tract infection. If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection before, you feel like you have to pee all the time, and when you sit down to go, not much comes out, and that also sounds like pregnancy, so not all pregnant women know that they have a urinary tract infection, but it can also cause burning with urination and it can also cause you to have bladder spasms and to have a little bit of uncontrollable leaking. So if you feel like you’re having any of these symptoms, then call your OB provider and they’ll ask you more specific questions and determine if testing is warranted for a urinary tract infection and treat it if you have one. If you have more questions in the future for me, feel free to ask them on our Facebook page at and recommend us to your friends and family too.

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