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I am suffering from low amniotic fluid (38 weeks). Will I be allowed to go over my due late?

I am suffering from low amniotic fluid (38 weeks). Will I be allowed to go over my due late?

NOT IF you were: My pt ! ask your OB ! the standard of care is if you have oligihydramnios to not go past your due and your afi needs to be followed closely because if it gets down to 5.0 or lower u need to be delivered without delay, if it is between 5-10 u need to be watched closely , the farther u go the more chance for a cord problem like strangulation or other problems due to the low fluid. ...Read more

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Dr. CESAR HOLGADO
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Oligohydramnios (Definition)

Oligohydramnios is a condition where there is not enough amniotic ...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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Low amniotic fluid at 39 weeks. Should they deliver?

Low amniotic fluid at 39 weeks. Should they deliver?

Probably: If your afi is < 5, yes. If it's borderline, between 5-8, it should be strongly considered unless your cervix is unfavorable (difficult to induce d/t being closed, thick, and/or firm). If they wait, you also need a normal non-stress test (nst) or biophysical profile (bpp). If your afi > 8, it's ok to wait. Discuss this with your OB & make sure you understand "kick counts" & when to go to l&d. ...Read more

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What's effective for helping to prevent low amniotic fluid?

What's effective for helping to prevent low amniotic fluid?

Low amniotic fluid: Amniotic fluid levels are a indicator of good fetal health. Sometimes low fluid can just be representative of poor maternal hydration. Other times low fluid (oligohydramnios) can represent an adverse intrauterine enviorment due to many medical problems like hypertension or preeclampsia. Certain fetal and placental issues can also cause low fluid. Diagnosis and treatment can increase fluid. ...Read more

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Is there a relation between have thick blood and low amniotic fluid? Why no one answer?

Is there a relation between have thick blood and low amniotic fluid? Why no one answer?

No: Nobody's answering because everybody's trying to think of a possible connection and can't. "Thick blood" usually refers to some genetic stuff that makes it clot more readily. Oligohydramnios has a variety of causes and is also fairly common. You need to insist on a real diagnosis and explanation for both. Best wishes. ...Read more

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In an ultrasonogram had slightly low amniotic fluid. What is cure?

No specific cure: Oligohydramnios occurs infrequently in pregancy and there is no specific cure. Sometimes the amniotic fluid volume will increase with increased fluid intake (increased hydration). However the cause of the low fluid volume is the important factor and the specific management will depend on that diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hi I am currently 20weeks and 5days I was diagnosed last week with low amniotic fluid of 1.8mm and told to terminate but I refuse. I am now bleeding?

Hi I am currently 20weeks and 5days I was diagnosed last week with low amniotic fluid of 1.8mm and told to terminate but I refuse. I am now bleeding?

Before viability: Is your low amniotic fluid volume from premature rupture of membranes? Does the fetus have kidneys? Bleeding could be sign of impending late abortion or an abruption. Are you contracting? I would have your cervix evaluated. ...Read more

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Could low amniotic fluid in utero cause problems for the baby after delivery?

Could low amniotic fluid in utero cause problems for the baby after delivery?

Potentially.: Persistent, chronic, severe oligohydramnios leads to pulmonary hypoplasia (small and maldeveloped lungs) that can prove lethal postnatally. Less extreme oligohydramnios is much more common and is typically a problem for labor - not postnatally if your obstetrician is competent. ...Read more