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Experts Corner

Perinatal Pathology

Brown Amniotic Fluid
By Carolyn M. Salafia, MD

Carolyn Salafia, MDQ. I'm 15 weeks and had an amnio done. When the Doctor drew the fluid, it was dark drown. What does this mean to the baby? The baby has a good heart beat and normal growth and movement. I have been bleeding and spotting since day one. Is this a bad sign?

A. The color likely means that blood breakdown products from the bleeding have tinted the baby's fluid. This does not mean that the baby is making bad or abnormal fluid, and the color does not in and of itself hurt the child.

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