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What are the characteristics of amniotic fluid?

By Zaira Salvador B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).
Last Update: 03/21/2022

Amniotic fluid is a fluid that is light in color, almost transparent and slightly yellow. Gradually, the fluid may take on lumps from the peeling of the fetus's skin. Once past the due date, the amniotic fluid turns milky.

On the other hand, if the liquid darkens or turns green, it means that the fetus has released intestinal content, known as meconium. This poses a risk to the fetus, as the meconium can cause damage to his lungs if he breathes it in.

 Zaira Salvador
Zaira Salvador
B.Sc., M.Sc.
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI)
License: 3185-CV
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI) License: 3185-CV.