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Does Amniotic Fluid Smell
I have been having a lot of discharge lately and I find that my underwear is always wet it has a sweet smell to it. Could it be amniotic fluid? 38wks
Yes: See your OB/GYN for specific diagnosis and treatment this could be something serious ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Meconium staining: Sometimes, however, a baby has a bowel movement before or during birth. If this happens, the amniotic fluid released when the mother's bag of water breaks will have a greenish tint. At times when the baby is not getting enough oxygen before or during birth, the baby may take a breath and inhale some meconium, which can irritate the baby's lungs and cause lung problems that can be severe. ...Read more
I'm 39weeks & 3 days, my amniotic fluid level is 3.0. Should they induce me on my following appointment? (31st)
Contact Obgyn: Oligohydramnios is the medical term for low amniotic fluid. This typically is diagnosed with a fluid level less than 5 cm. Contact your Obgyn to clarify what your level was and ask what the treatment plan is. In general if the amniotic fluid level was 3 cm then an induction is done. We can not provide advise on the management on your particular case but definitely contact your doctor. ...Read more
I had done triple test on 18th week n result shows 810:1risk. Do I need to take amniotic fluid test. Please suggest.
A 1:810 risk isn't very high. I wouldn't recommend an amniocentesis.
I don't know what cut-off is used in China. In the USA, Amnio is frequently recommended if the triple-screen risk is greater than the risk of a 35 year-old women (once chance in 365) The UK frequently uses a cutoff of greater than once chance in 150. ...Read more
I'm 28 weeks and was told I have a generous amount of amniotic fluid. Is this common? I read up on it and it was pretty concerning. Help please
You need an amount: Most with some elevated fluid do not have an issue; if elevated real high you will probobly get referred to a specialist but there is a number called an amniotic fluid index that will guide the severity. Polyhydramnios (light fluid) is considered over about 20 but need more specifics from your dr. Saying generous is non specific and leads you googling, worried and focused on downside. Gd luc. ...Read more
I want to know how it will affect my health and the growth of the baby. Amniotic fluid is adequate, growth of the baby is normal. I am 15 weeks 3 days?
Mgt: Your OB specialist can obtain an ultrasound at your next visit. Once you have the report, then you can review the results. ...Read more
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 more
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
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 more
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
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
Amniosintesis: Amniosintesis refers to the removal of a sample of amniotic fluid for analysis. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
ONTD.: Open neural tube defects are the most reliably and commonly diagnosed structural fetal defects from amniotic fluid sampling (increased acetylcholinesterase, Alpha fetao-protein or afp). Others: omphalocele, gastroschisis (all increased afp), chromosomal anomalies, torch infections. ...Read more
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! ...Read more