Once again I was browsing through the isles at the pharmacy and I came across a new and interesting product (see Alcohol in Breastmilk Testing Kit? Really?).
AmnioSenseTM is an innovative self-test that easily allows you to detect probable amniotic fluid leakage should you experience unidentified vaginal wetness during pregnancy.
Basically, they are maxi pad like strips that change colour if/when they come in contact with amniotic fluid. They did a similar test on me when I was in labour with Sawyer to confirm my water broke. But an at home test? Really? Once again, one of those products aimed at expectant mothers who don’t know any better than to spend money on it.
First off, if you think you are leaking amniotic fluid get yourself to a doctor pronto. I would not waste my time driving to a pharmacy, spending the $40-50 to buy it and then testing to see if I should seek medical help.
Honestly, when I was pregnant I never even thought about my amniotic fluid leaking. And believe me, after being pregnant with twins you get the run down of just about everything that could go possibly wrong, and that was not even on my radar. Is this something common that happens to other women? Maybe. But obviously not common enough that my doctor was worried about it. Which leads to my second point: if you are worried about it discuss it with your doctor. Don`t go taking things into your own hands.
Next problem would be the whole “wetness thing” (guys look away). Let’s face it, all kinds of changes are going on in your body when you are pregnant, including discharge, wetness, mucus etc. Heck, I almost need diapers I leaked so much urine when I was pregnant with the twins (14lbs of baby on your bladder will do that).
So here’s how I see it. Poor worried mom to be, on her first pregnancy, feels wet and starts to worry she is leaking fluid. She can’t sleep at night anyways since she can’t lie down without heartburn or baby kicks, she finds herself at a 24 hour pharmacy buying the test so that she can go home and get her “peace of mind”… $50 later…
I also did some research on the product and discovered (like most pregnancy related paraphernalia…is it a line or isn’t it, well if I squint, turn it upside down and reverse...) it doesn’t necessarily give you the clarity you are looking for. I came across posts from women who had used the product and were still unsure!
Now, I will admit there is a geological factor I did not consider when first scoffing at this product. In Ontario we have free health care and so I never think twice about going to a doctor. However, when I was researching the product online, people did make the argument that it was cheaper to buy the test at home and do it yourself than it was to see a physician. I suppose, in that case, one could consider it a worthwhile purchase. But even if I had to pay, if I thought my fluid was leaking and my baby was at risk, I would go straight to a doctor or hospital.
So Amniosense, shame on you for taking advantage of worried, hormonal women. Then again, I am sure they will make more money than I ever will.
Can`t wait for my next trip to the pharmacy. 🙂