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What Causes Low Amniotic Fluid Levels
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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'm almost 32 weeks. Saw Dr today. My BP was 141/92. Got steroid shot for baby's lung. Being monitored now for preeclampsia and borderline low amniotic fluid. Dr said I'll likely deliver between 36-38 weeks. How long will baby need to stay in nicu?
I'm 32.5 weeks pregnant. Dr today says my amniotic fluid is borderline low so I need to hydrate more. What problems can low amniotic fluid levels cause?
Oligohydramnios: 1st half of pregnancy- cause birth defects, miscarriage or still birth 2 nd half of pregnancy - intrauterine growth retardation, cord compression, meconium stained fluid and may need C section The amniotic fluid is essential for development of muscles, limbs, lungs and digestive system. Give plenty of room for the limbs tome in utero. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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?
Is a fundal height measurement needed after a growth scan? My doctor said no (28w2d pregnant). Also, can dehydration cause low amniotic fluid?
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
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