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Why does c sections increase the risk of amniotic fluid embolism?

Why does c sections increase the risk of amniotic fluid embolism?

2 possibilities: The theoretical reason is that the operative delivery disrupts the tissues and allows amniotic fluid to more easily pass into the woman's blood vessels. But it's not entirely clear if this is a true risk or just an association. Women with suspected amniotic fluid embolism are rushed to c-section. So it's possible it's the other way around, amniotic fluid embolism increases risk of c-section. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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If amniotic sac is intact during vaginal delivery or c section, Are chances of AMniotic Fluid Embolisim basically zero chance?

If amniotic sac is intact during vaginal delivery or c section, Are chances of AMniotic Fluid Embolisim basically zero chance?

Yes: Actually, AFE is quite a rare event and, to a degree, independent of a patient's ruptured status. The general idea is that there is a breech and/or permeability of the of the natural blood-amniotic barriers. This allows products of pregnancy to, unaturally, enter the maternal circulation and cause catatrophic events (primarily in the lungs), culminating in death, oftentimes. ...Read more

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Can normal seperation of placenta during birth cause Amniotic Fluid Embolisim?

Can normal seperation of placenta during birth cause Amniotic Fluid Embolisim?

Very rare event: Amniotic fluid embolism is a very rare event occurring in about 1/50,000 deliveries. The exact cause in unknown. ...Read more

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Is low levels of amniotic fluid a big concern?

Is low levels of amniotic fluid a big concern?

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. ...Read more

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Is there a higher risk of preterm labor if I have high blood pressure?

Is there a higher risk of preterm labor if I have high blood pressure?

No: But you have a higher chance of preterm delivery because induction or c/s may become necc. For medical reasons. ...Read more

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Fetal lung fluid & urine make amniotic fluid, right? So what caused oligohydramnios?

Fetal lung fluid & urine make amniotic fluid, right? So what caused oligohydramnios?

Decreased perfusion: Oligo can be either loss of fluid or decreased production. A stressed infant will shunt oxygenated blood to more vital organs, less renal perfusion, therefore less urine produced. Anything that decreases placental perfusion can cause it (abruption or placental separation, poor implantation, vascular problems, clots, uterine abnls, etc). There are too many causes to list here, ask your ob. ...Read more

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Can u leak amniotic fluid at 35 weeks of pregnancy?

Can u leak amniotic fluid at 35 weeks of pregnancy?

Yes, call OB: Call your obstetrician, could be premature rupture of membranes, infection, trauma, other things. ...Read more

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What makes a premature rupture of membranes in pregnancy a high risk for infection?

What makes a premature rupture of membranes in pregnancy a high risk for infection?

Group B strep: If the vagina is colonized with group b strep and the membranes rupture. The baby is exposed to this infection the longer the membranes remain ruptured and the longer the baby is not delivered. ...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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34 weeks pregnant today. Measuring "low amniotic fluid". Baby is measuring 5 pounds, likelihood of complications of delivered now? Induction? C-sec?

34 weeks pregnant today. Measuring "low amniotic fluid". Baby is measuring 5 pounds, likelihood of complications of delivered now? Induction? C-sec?

Depends: Depends on how low the AFI (amniotic fluid index) is and how compliant you are with NSTs. You should be resting on your left side, getting NSTs and maybe even biophysical profiles. If a smoker, stop immediately. Your fluid may rebound if you follow this plan. At 34 weeks there is about 5% chance of long term newborn complications and the c section risk depends again on how low the fluid is. ...Read more

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Could a hx of abnormal paps, high risk HPV, increase risk of ovarian cysts being cancerous? Lg cysts 4-7 cm, frequent urination, severe pain/pressure

Could a hx of abnormal paps, high risk HPV, increase risk of ovarian cysts being cancerous?  Lg cysts 4-7 cm, frequent urination, severe pain/pressure

No increased risk: Unlike cervical, anal, and vulvar cancer, ovarian cancer is not caused HPV, and there is no evidence that the risk of overian cancer is any higher in women with HPV, either high or low risk types. Presumably you're in the care of a gynecologist for the ovarian cysts. Continue to follow up as directed and follow her advice. Good luck! ...Read more

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Could having excess amniotic fluid at 33-35 weeks cause pre- term labour? (levels were 22cm and considered "normal, but at higher range").

Could having excess amniotic fluid at 33-35 weeks cause pre- term labour? (levels were 22cm and considered "normal, but at higher range").

Yes: Excess fluid causes distension or additional "stretching " of uterine muscle and may make it more irritable and contract more. 22 cm is not terribly high but still could cause an increase in contractions. You need to be checked to see if this is causing true preterm labor with cervical change or just preterm contractions. ...Read more

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36 week of pregnancy , 21.8 amniotic fluid is normal or high.? Any risk please help....

36 week of pregnancy , 21.8 amniotic fluid is normal or high.? Any risk please help....

See your GYN: The best accurate answer can only be given by your obstetrician. ...Read more

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Bleeding during first trimester slightly irregular gestational sac 17mm fluid collection beside gestational sac free fluid in cervix baby hr 167?

Bleeding during first trimester slightly irregular gestational sac 17mm fluid collection beside gestational sac free fluid in cervix baby hr 167?

Threaten miscarriage: You need to wait it out and have another ultrasound in a few days. This is a threatened miscarriage. The fht is good. ...Read more

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How high is risk of pulmonary embolism in late pregnancy?

How high is risk of pulmonary embolism in late pregnancy?

Not very: If you don't smoke, are mobile, have no family history of clotting disorders, it's rare to see a pe. It can happen, but not so common as a truck driver or someone with cancer. ...Read more

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Does leaking fluid causes oligohydramnios to a pregnant woman?

Does leaking fluid causes oligohydramnios to a pregnant woman?

Eventually !: Amniotic fluid made by a contribution and maternal and fetal sources such a fetus urine (sterile). Leakage of fluid will eventually challenge the speed of fluid that can be formed. Consult with your obgyn since this may be urgent ! ...Read more

Dr. Michael Sparacino
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High Risk Pregnancy (Definition)

High risk pregnancies are those in which the risk to the mother or the baby is higher than for the average pregnancy. A pregnancy can be termed "high-risk" when the mother has a pre-existing condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes, or when she has had previous problem pregnancies, is pregnant with multiple babies, or ...Read more


Dr. John Botti
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Amniotic Fluid Infection (Definition)

Intra-amniotic infection (formerly called chorioamnionitis) is infection of the chorion, amnion, amniotic fluid, placenta, or a combination. Infection increases risk of obstetric complications and problems in the fetus and neonate. Symptoms include fever, uterine tenderness, foul-smelling vaginal discharge, and ...Read more