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What does it mean to have normal range of amniotic fluid index, but at the upper limit of 22cm (33 weeks). What causes this?

What does it mean to have normal range of amniotic fluid index, but at the upper limit of 22cm (33 weeks). What causes this?

Worth following: The upper limit of normal is still normal, however it is worth following up to make sure in a few weeks the fluid volume has not increased. In at least 1/3 of cases we cannot figure out what causes the fluid volume to be high. It can also be caused by gestational diabetes. Rarely a fetal abnormality that reduces the fetal ability to swallow can cause increased amniotic fluid. ...Read more

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What symptoms of low amniotic fluid are the most important?

What symptoms of low amniotic fluid are the most important?

Oligohydramnios: Low amniotic fluid or oligohydramnios is a condition brought about by a decreased production of urine by the fetus either through a decreased placental perfusion or blocked urinary outlet, to name a few. It could also result from a ruptured amniotic membrane. One of the first signs of low fluid is a size-date discepancy of the growing uterus. An ultrasound will help to diagnose the condition. ...Read more

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Am 36w preg.my amniotic fluid index is 9.5cm.tkng l-argentine and proanthocyqnide granules.when will AFI increase? Worried.

Am 36w preg.my amniotic fluid index is 9.5cm.tkng l-argentine and proanthocyqnide granules.when will AFI increase? Worried.

Fluid is normal: An AFI of 9.5 cm is normal. It is not low. At 36 weeks an AFI less than 5 cm would be considered low. If you are taking these supplements make sure your doctor is aware. Please do not take herbal supplements without first clearing them with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have normal range of amniotic fluid index, but at the upper limit of 22cm (33 weeks). What causes this?

Worth following: The upper limit of normal is still normal, however it is worth following up to make sure in a few weeks the fluid volume has not increased. In at least 1/3 of cases we cannot figure out what causes the fluid volume to be high. It can also be caused by gestational diabetes. Rarely a fetal abnormality that reduces the fetal ability to swallow can cause increased amniotic fluid. ...Read more

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Hello, I am 39 weeks and 1 day pregnant, and I don't have any sing of labor. Is there any thing that might help me? The amniotic fluid index is 9

Hello, I am 39 weeks and 1 day pregnant, and I don't have any sing of labor. Is there any thing that might help me? The amniotic fluid index is 9

Consider induction: Labor can come on suddenly without warning signs; that is OK/normal. An amniotic fluid index greater than 8 is considered normal. If you want to go into labor, talk to your provider about induction. Many Obs will induce labor at 39-40 weeks if your cervix is ripe. If this is your first baby, its better to wait until at least 40 weeks. Best wishes! ...Read more

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34 weeks pregnant. Amniotic fluid index, AFI=26.4. Concern? Will my baby be safe inside?

34 weeks pregnant. Amniotic fluid index, AFI=26.4. Concern? Will my baby be safe inside?

Close monitoring: The fluid levels around the baby fluctuate during pregnancy. If the fluids continue to increase and you have other medical conditions such as diabetes, your OB/GYN may choose to perform procedures to reduce the fluid as needed. Fluid level of 26 is just above the normal cusp of normal (25) and a repeat ultrasound will help. ...Read more

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How can I increase my amniotic fluid.?

How can I increase my amniotic fluid.?

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. ...Read more

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At what level is amniotic fluid too low?

At what level is amniotic fluid too low?

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. ...Read more

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What is the normal amount of amniotic fluid?

What is the normal amount of amniotic fluid?

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. ...Read more

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What is th green slime in ny amniotic fluid?

Meconium: Meconium is basically a fetal bowel movement. A fetal bowel movement inside the uterus can occur for no reason but might also signify some intrauterine stress on the baby. ...Read more

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What does it mean if amniotic fluid is thickening?

What does it mean if amniotic fluid is thickening?

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. ...Read more

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Is there any way to increase amniotic fluid if it is low?

Is there any way to increase amniotic fluid if it is low?

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. ...Read more

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What causes low amniotic fluid levels?

What causes low amniotic fluid levels?

Circulation issues: The amniotic fluid 'circulates' inside the uterus after it is manufactured including the baby swallowing some of it. If there are genetic problems with the fetus or problems in 'manufacturing' both can cause low levels. ...Read more

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Is excess amniotic fluid a cause for concern?

Is excess amniotic fluid a cause for concern?

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. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how doctors check your amniotic fluid?

Can you tell me how doctors check your amniotic fluid?

Ultrasound: An ultrasound of the uterus is done to measure the pockets of fluid. There are two ways to do this. You can measure the single largest vertical pocket or you can measure the largest vertical pocket in each of 4 quadrants around the umbilicus and add them together. ...Read more

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What symptoms of low amniotic fluid are the most important?

Oligohydramnios: Low amniotic fluid or oligohydramnios is a condition brought about by a decreased production of urine by the fetus either through a decreased placental perfusion or blocked urinary outlet, to name a few. It could also result from a ruptured amniotic membrane. One of the first signs of low fluid is a size-date discepancy of the growing uterus. An ultrasound will help to diagnose the condition. ...Read more

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Is it possible that humans ever go back to breathing amniotic fluid?

Is it possible that humans ever go back to breathing amniotic fluid?

Amniotic fluid: Humans never did "breathe" amniotic fluid. The oxygen exchange that happens in utero is driven by the umbilical vascular system. In other words, you "breathe" in the uterus by having direct oxygen exchanges with your mother's blood oxygen, not through your lungs. ...Read more