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Old Feb 28th, 2012, 21:05 PM   1
rejessa
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ph level of amniotic fluid?!?!?!


so i thought my water broke this morning, but then me and the doc on call were convinced it was just urine leaking.
(i did not go in to get checked)
anyways, i heard that you could check your own ph level at home with the pool ph level strips.
i checked it and the strip said 7.8 was the ph level.
what does this mean?

did my water break?

but then the test strip dried and the strip color went away.



 
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Old Feb 28th, 2012, 21:10 PM   2
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The pH of normal vaginal discharge is slightly acidic (around 4.5-5.5) while amniotic fluid is neutral or slightly basic (pH of 7-8).

So if you're getting a reading of 7.8 I would say there's a good chance your water broke. Might want to retest though, just to be sure. Obviously doing a pH test at home isn't definitive but I'd say that's enough evidence to merit getting checked out!



 
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Old Feb 28th, 2012, 21:25 PM   3
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would it make a difference if i pressed the test strip into my panties that were soaked, or if i actually got a sample from my vagina?



 
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Old Feb 28th, 2012, 21:28 PM   4
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If you really aren't 100% sure I would go get checked. It's not worth just guessing IMO.



 
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Old Feb 28th, 2012, 21:28 PM   5
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would it make a difference if i pressed the test strip into my panties that were soaked, or if i actually got a sample from my vagina?
Urine can also have a pH in the 7-8 range so you defiinitely want to make sure the sample comes from your vagina.



 
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Old Feb 28th, 2012, 21:39 PM   6
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would it make a difference if i pressed the test strip into my panties that were soaked, or if i actually got a sample from my vagina?
Urine can also have a pH in the 7-8 range so you defiinitely want to make sure the sample comes from your vagina.
i am about to run in the bathroom and run the test again.
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Old Feb 28th, 2012, 21:48 PM   7
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anyone have any hints as to how i get just fluid?
i have been trying to get a sample to test on the strip, but all i am getting is discharge, i dont think i can reach to get just fluid.



 
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Old Feb 28th, 2012, 22:02 PM   8
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should i wait for labor to start or should i call l&d. i want a natural birth.
my doc said that they usually allow 24 hours. and that was 14 hours ago. should i just wait it out and call closer to that cut-off time?

so being said that urine could have my ph screwed up,
i tested my urine. reading was below 6.8. i then retested my panties, and reading was 8.4.



 
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anyone have any hints as to how i get just fluid?
i have been trying to get a sample to test on the strip, but all i am getting is discharge, i dont think i can reach to get just fluid.
If it's not easy to do I probably wouldn't bother - you don't want to risk hurting yourself. Maybe it's time to call the doctor again, or just go in?



 
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Old Feb 28th, 2012, 22:11 PM   10
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I would just go in and get checked. If nothing else, it will ease your mind and you'll be able to figure out wtf is going on.



 
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