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18 week fetal US indicated enlarged bladder. Kidneys measured normal. Amniotic fluid normal. Any advice?

18 week fetal US indicated enlarged bladder. Kidneys measured normal. Amniotic fluid normal. Any advice?

Full bladder US?: If the ultrasound was done with a full bladder as is usually done, then the pregnancy will distort and displace the bladder at 18 weeks, so it is difficult to say that the "bladder was enlarged". Since the amniotic fluid content is OK. as well as the fetus then "no worries" at this juncture. ...Read more

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I am 28 weeks . my amniotic fluid level is 22cm. my fetal kidneys show minimal fullness of pelvicyceal system left 3.7 and right is 3.8mm. worried?

I am 28 weeks . my amniotic fluid level is 22cm. my fetal kidneys show minimal fullness of pelvicyceal system left 3.7 and right is 3.8mm. worried?

No to worry now: this is a snapshot in time. Those numbers do not sound too bad. I would suggest getting another ultrasound in about two weeks and see if this changes. Then you will know where you stand. Best wishes ...Read more

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What is most commonly used to diagnose cystic fibrosis in the fetus? Cvs? Amniotic fluid?

What is most commonly used to diagnose cystic fibrosis in the fetus? Cvs? Amniotic fluid?

Not usually done: Usually done at birth with genetic testing by heel pick. Cvs would demonstrate CF if tested for specifically, but it is not one of the diseases looked for in standard prenatal testing. ...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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Fetal lung fluid & pee = amniotic fluid? So how do they get chromosomes?

Fetal lung fluid & pee = amniotic fluid? So how do they get chromosomes?

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

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What does dilated fetal kidneys with normal amniotic fluid mean for a second trimester fetus?

What does dilated fetal kidneys with normal amniotic fluid mean for  a second trimester fetus?

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 more

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Cf,ds,cmv all ruled out.other causes for echo bowel?if fetus swallowed stained amniotic,isn't t a pblm?can I ve blood in amniotic fluid.is t normal?

Cf,ds,cmv all ruled out.other causes for echo bowel?if fetus swallowed stained amniotic,isn't t a pblm?can I ve blood in amniotic fluid.is t normal?

Need more info.: I gather there was a concern your baby might have Cystic Fibrosis, Down's Syndrome or CytoMegaloVirus and am glad your baby doesn't. If he or she has swallowed blood-stained fluid, it shouldn't hurt the baby directly. But I don't know what you mean by "echo bowel", why extra tests were done or why there's blood in the amniotic fluid. These are important questions that you should ask your OB. ...Read more

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My sister in law's baby died in utero around 16w. No amniotic fluid but she didn't have leaking. They said fetus was dehydrated. How so? Kidney issue?

My sister in law's baby died in utero around 16w. No amniotic fluid but she didn't have leaking. They said fetus was dehydrated. How so? Kidney issue?

Could be: Amniotic fluid includes urine made by the fetus during pregnancy.Those that have poorly formed or no kidneys or a severe blockage to their urine outflow, will not create enough amniotic fluid. The fetus remains so tightly shrinked wrapped, that they also can have poor lung growth (no room).These can survive pregnancy but die soon after birth. A loss early in pregnancy may indicate another issue. ...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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