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Amniotic Fluid Consistency
Fluid around baby: Amniotic fluid is the fluid that surrounds and protects the baby. The baby makes the amniotic fluid. How much fluid you drink, how well the placenta works and how the baby is doing all affect how much fluid there is. Too much fluid can be concerning as can too little fluid.See 1 more doctor answer
Lung Development: Amniotic fluid initially is filtered from the mother's blood and passes through the pregnancy's membranes to create a nourishing cushion during the first few weeks of development. Later, it is a byproduct (urine) of the baby's circulation which is taken into the lungs during the baby's practice breaths. The fluid pressure then induces growth and opening of the lung's branches.
Oral hydration.: You are not in complete control of your amniotic fluid volume, as this may be mostly reliant on fetal issues. You can and should, however, hydrate yourself vigorously throughout pregnancy and that might help with your amniotic fluid as well.
Amniotic fluid: Fluid levels change throughout pregnancy. When someone has low fluid we call it oligohydramnios. This is where the total amniotic fluid index is less than 5.0 cmtotal or. The largest verticle measured pocket of fluid is less than 2.0 cm. Levels between 5-10 cm is low normal & can be due to multiple causes including dehydration. Discuss these findings with your md.See 2 more doctor answers
Diabetes?: Most of the time we don't know what causes polyhydramnios. It is associated with maternal diabetes and can result from trouble with the fetal kidneys or swallowing ability. In and of itself, it isn't harmful, though it can result in cord prolapse if the water breaks through an open cervix. Ask your doctor.See 1 more doctor answer
Roughly 800 cc: The amount of amniotic fluid is greatest at about 34 weeks (gestation) into the pregnancy, when it averages 800 mL. About 600 mL of amniotic fluid surrounds the baby at full term (40 weeks gestation). Having said that, amniotic fluid is exchanged between mother and her fetus several times a day.
Yes: Low fluid is something of concern. There is risks of growth retardation, fetal compromise due to cord compression. It could do to fetal anomalies. There is a lot of causes of low fluid. It is very important that your dr gives close f/u.
Unsure: I am not sure what you are asking. Amniotic fluid is composed mostly of the baby's urine and should be watery like urine. If the amniotic fluid is becoming thick for any reason, it is unlikely to be a good thing.
Rest and hydration: There is not a great definitive way to increase amniotic fluid when it is low. Often times complete rest and hydration are recommended. If the pregnancy is close enough to the due date, delivery is recommended because low fluid is often a sign that the placenta is not working well.
Amniosintesis: Amniosintesis refers to the removal of a sample of amniotic fluid for analysis.
Yes: Amniotic acid is present in amniotic fluid. It is commercially known as allantoin and as such is widely used in various skin products as a moisturizer/softener. It certainly seems to have that effect on newborn skin!
What do you suggest if I was considered very healthy and had plenty of amniotic fluid. Anyone know if this is all normal?
Normal: Nothing you said sounds abnormal. Best wishes!
Yes: Excess amniotic fluid can be associated with diabetes, infection, and birth defects that prevent the fetus from swallowing. It can also be associated with an increased risk of stillbirth. Once the causes above have been eliminated, testing of the fetus' wellbeing should be done until delivery.See 2 more doctor answers
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