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Oligohydramnios In Children
Decreased movement: Unborn babies with less fluid usually exhibit decreased movement compared to those weigh normal fluid levels. In addition, the size of the pregnant belly may lag behind in size. The diagnosis is confirmed by ultrasound. ...Read more
Too little fluid: There is not a normal amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the fetus. This can be caused by a variety of things, you should ask your obstetrician for more information and an explanation if this has been diagnosed. ...Read more
Hello, I was diagnosed with severe oligohydramnios at 20 weeks. It's been 9 weeks and everything is fine. Looking good?
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Placenta: Most commonly the placenta is the source of oligohydramnios (though congenital abnormalities can occur too). Most common reason for oligo are related to blood pressure. Did you have a problem with elevated blood pressure in the pregnancy? Or with diabetes? Exercise is a great way to prevent both of those problems. 60 min of cardiovascular exercise a day, 5-6 days a week is best! ...Read more
Subchorionic hemorrhage, placental abruption, oligohydramnios (20w3d). What does this all mean? Is it serious?
Placenta: This means there is a collection of blood between the placenta and the uterine wall- therefore the abruption, the term oligohydramnios basically means low amniotic fluid and can have multiple causes including placenta dysfunction on the side of the mother, of problems with the fetus- problems with the kidneys. Please speak to your physician and seek a referral to a perinatologist. ...Read more
Hi im 22 weeks and 6 days, im pregnant with triplets and today I found out one of my babies has moderate oligohydramnios with intact membranes, help?
Oligohydromnias: Oligohydromnios can have many reasons. Many times the OB monitors the baby's growth to make sure sure that it is not IUGR. THEY ALSO NEED TO monitor the baby's kidney to make sure they are functioning well ...Read more
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
I have completed 32 week of pregnancy in my latest ultrasound report it showed mild oligohydramnios, what precautions should I take. Please advise any treatment?
Oligohydramnios: Just means there is less amniotic fluid in your gestational sac than normal. Continue to drink liquids plenty and hope for the best. Oligohydramnios only elevates the perinatal fetal risks such as nuchal cord and fetal hypoxia. Please keep close watch with your OB doctor and good luck. ...Read more
I'm 20 weeks 6 days pregnant my ultrasound result shows oligohydramnios fetal ascites is there anyway I can save my baby?
Diagnosis: Obviously both of those are negative signs at this gestational age. If not done already, asked to be referred to a perinatologist for a evaluation. TORCH blood testing, a fetal echocardiogram and possibly an amniocentesis should be done. Fetal DNA sequencing can be done from maternal blood in some cases. ...Read more
Ultrasound result: single live intrautrerine pregnancy, presently cephalic, 20weeks and 5days gestation, oligohydramnios fetal ascites. What can I do
See perinatologist: Its frightening to have an ultrasound that gives news that isn't perfect. Oligohydramnios means that there isn't enough fluid around the baby. You can help make more fluid by drinking lots and lots of water and getting enough rest. You need to see a perinatologist to find out why. This is a doctor who concentrates on complicated pregnancies to find out why. Best Wishes! ...Read more
Oligohydramnios: This is too little amniotic fluid. There may be a leak, or baby may not be able to make amniotic fluid. In addition to warning of other problems, baby may be entrapped too tightly in the womb, and end up with a deformity such as clubfoot. ...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
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
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
Yes: You should certainly keep your appointments. Complication rates increase as the fluid levels decrease. ...Read more
Low amniotic fluid noted on u/s at 7+4w. Is it related to schs or placenta insufficiency? What can I do to increase the amount of fluid in sac?
No intervention: There are no interventions to correct this problem at this gestational age. ...Read more
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?
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
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
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
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
I am 18weeks pregnant and have found low amniotic fluid level. How can I control it and what should be my diet?
You can't: It may have been low at the time of the ultrasound due to perhaps low fetal urinary production. Your doctor will repeat the ultrasound at some point. Have you had any vaginal leaking? ...Read more
Depends on cause: Babies don't need kidneys much during pregnancy because the placenta does that job. They do make pee that ends up as amniotic fluid. The right amount of fluid creates extra volume in the womb that pushes back against the muscular womb & allows the lungs to develop. (important) Things that stop or limit fluid formation includes absent kidneys or blockage in the outflow. Such defects can be a problem ...Read more
Is 7.5cm amniotic fluid level a sign of concern (38 week 1 day). What is done in case of low amniotic fluid at this stage of pregnancy?
How can I tell if my baby has low amniotic fluid? The ultrasound looks like it doesn't have any fluid for it. It almost looks like it's squished in th
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I've been diagnosed w/low amniotic fluid & ultrasound shows figure of 3.4cm deepest pocket. I'm 31wks pregnant? Is my baby in danger? Pls advise.
Serious issue: Oligohydramnios is the name of low amniotic fluid. This is a serious issue at 31 weeks. Hopefully you have been given steroids to accelerate the fetal lung maturity. Discuss with your doctor the management plans. Typically after assuring fetal well being with a biophysical profile and nonstress IV hydration is attempted and the fluid is reassessed in 24-48 hours. ...Read more
I had an ultrasound at 31weeks pregnant. Was diagnosed of low amniotic fluid. Figures show deepest pocket is 3.4cm. Is it critical? Is my baby at danger?
Low amniotic level: Low amniotic fluid can indicate many problems with the pregnancy such as circulation, manufacture or fetal anomalies. It is just like running your car engine with a low oil level, nothing may be wrong immediately but eventually a problem may present. Talk to your OB MD about the sonogram results and see if they found any indications of a problem at this time. ...Read more
Possibly but u need: To discuss this at length with your OB because u will need increased frequency of ultrasound because if the fluid becomes too low or the baby is not growing properly you will need early delivery by csection but this will be determined by your OB and I am sure your OB will be having u seeing a perinatologist also. ...Read more
Poor lung developmnt: The fluid is what the fetus "breathes" and helps the lungs develop normally. Severely decreased amniotic fluid can prevent the lungs from growing, developing, and being able to support the breathing needs of a newborn. Please visit with your provider to discuss management and options. Best wishes to you. ...Read more