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Doctor insights on: Drinking Amniotic Fluid

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Im 31 weeks pregnant and was diagnosed w/low amniotic fluid.What more can i do aside from drinking lots of water?Is my baby in danger?Pls.advise..

Im 31 weeks pregnant and was diagnosed w/low amniotic fluid.What more can i do aside from drinking lots of water?Is my baby in danger?Pls.advise..

Low amniotic fluid: Low amniotic fluid can be a sign of growth "restriction" or perhaps urinary tract issues in the baby. It's important that you follow the advice of your doctor with regards to extra testing they may recommend. If not getting clear answers about this from your doctor, ask for a referral to a high risk pregnancy specialist. They're called perinatologists. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of amniotic fluid?

What is the purpose of amniotic fluid?

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

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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?

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

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What is the definition or description of: Meconium stained amniotic fluid?

What is the definition or description of: Meconium stained amniotic fluid?

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

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Is it possible to have extra amniotic fluid around the baby because of the baby being big?

Is it possible to have extra amniotic fluid around the baby because of the baby being big?

Kind of. : The two can be related. For example diabetes can cause both a big baby and increased fluid. But a big baby does not necessarily cause extra fluid. ...Read more