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Does Amniotic Fluid Smell
Thin water type flu: Fluid that will just keep coming out, will not stop, usually thin and clear, can sometimes be greenish if baby had a meconium bm in utero but if you are concerned u may be leaking please call your OB right now, because if i was your doc i would send u to l&d if there was any concern about leaking af. ...Read more
Where?: Where is this seen? Is this on plain x-ray or a CT scan? Need much more detailed clinical information. Could mean anything from air & fluid in a urinary bladder, air & fluid in the stomach, or something concerning like an abscess. Review with the doctor who ordered the study please. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Decreases amniotic : Decreased amniotic fluid level most commonly occurs due to rupture of membranes. Other causes can be due placental insufficiency or fetal renal anomalies. Your baby will continue to normally produce amniotic fluid by voiding. So the amniotic fluid does not dry up. Either less fluid is produced or more fluid is leaving than is produced. ...Read more
Exfoliated fetal cel: The amniotic fluid that is contained within the pregnancy sac and surrounds the fetus is fetal urine (after 16-18 weeks) and is swallowed by the fetus and aspirated into its lungs to help them mature. When a doctor performs an amniocentesis to sample this fluid, the goal is to get fetal cells that float in that fluid (exfoliated from various fetal tissues but mainly from the skin) for dna analysis. ...Read more
Fluid Retention: Fluid retention (f) is when one is unable to excrete an adequate amount water, urine, daily. It accumulates in the body, usually as edema in the legs. It can be seen in both cardiac and kidney failure. Another cause is liver disease due to a low serum concentration of albumin, made by the liver, causing f. If one has it, one has to be seen by a physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unrelated fluid: Water in the brain is special that is produced inside the ventricles and circulates to bathe the brain and be absorbed. Water in the bladder is produced inthe kidneys and flushes out toxic by products as urine. Hydrocephalus is a condition of excess brain water. If this water is shunted out of the brain, it will end up being processed by the kidneys and excreted as urine. Brain water is clear. ...Read more
Am i leaking amniotic fluid or is it discharge? 38 weeks, sched C-section 5/6, clear fluid have to change underwear, smells normal vagina, very thin
Pregnant 17w4d increased vaginal discharge. Some white but some clear too. Underwear not wet but dump/sweaty sometimes. Is it amniotic fluid leak?
Ask your OB MD: This is a question that has to be answered by your treating OB MD and not this virtual forum. Call the OB MD's office. ...Read more
Based on setting: During pregnancy, it is not unusual to see "debris" in the amniotic fluid during ultrasound. This is likely related to vernix - a cheesy substane produced by the baby. On the other hand, bloody amniotic fluid that is actually seen can be normal, or it can be a sign of a complication called placental abruption. In either case, this should be clarified by the ob/gyn involved. ...Read more
No big deal.: Detecting renal problems by fetal ultrasound is very accurate and efficient because it can prevent serious complications postnatally. Fetal renal pyelectasis or even hydronephrosis is nothing to worry about, provided the amniotic fluid is monitored and remains normal. The neonatology team should be notified at birth to institute appropriate follow-up for the newborn; monthly ultrasounds are needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They sometimes do: Infants sometimes have amniotic fluid in their mouth which can get sucked into their lungs at delivery.The OB makes an effort to clear the nose & mouth after the head is delivered, but if baby comes out rapidly that may not be possible. This material can trigger rapid breathing & a trip to the nicu for a few days as it can act identical to pneumonia. Most do well with treatment. ...Read more
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