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What Exactly Is Amniotic Fluid Made Of
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Fluid around baby: Amniotic fluid is the fluid that surrounds and protects the baby. The baby makes the amniotic fluid. How much fluid you drink, how well the placenta works and how the baby is doing all affect how much fluid there is. Too much fluid can be concerning as can too little fluid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diabetes?: Most of the time we don't know what causes polyhydramnios. It is associated with maternal diabetes and can result from trouble with the fetal kidneys or swallowing ability. In and of itself, it isn't harmful, though it can result in cord prolapse if the water breaks through an open cervix. Ask your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rest and hydration: There is not a great definitive way to increase amniotic fluid when it is low. Often times complete rest and hydration are recommended. If the pregnancy is close enough to the due date, delivery is recommended because low fluid is often a sign that the placenta is not working well. ...Read more
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
Amniosintesis: Amniosintesis refers to the removal of a sample of amniotic fluid for analysis. ...Read more
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