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What symptoms of low amniotic fluid are the most important?

What symptoms of low amniotic fluid are the most important?

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

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Dr. CESAR HOLGADO
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Oligohydramnios (Definition)

An AFI (amniotic fluid index) of less than 5cm or a largest vertical pocket measurement of less than 2cm is ...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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In an ultrasonogram had slightly low amniotic fluid. What is cure?

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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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?

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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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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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

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

You don't: You cannot look at an ultrasound and read it. It takes training/experience. There is also a difference in expected fluid to baby ratio at different points during the pregnancy.It tends to be higher around 12 weeks and decline as they fill out. ...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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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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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?

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

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When i had an ultrasound i was told i had low amniotic fluid, could this lead to a c- section?

When i had an ultrasound i was told i had low amniotic fluid, could this lead to a c- section?

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

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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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What are the risk and outcomes of low amniotic fluid in the first trimester? (17weeks pregnant)

What are the risk and outcomes of low amniotic fluid in the first trimester? (17weeks pregnant)

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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31 weeks pregnancy. I have low amniotic fluid. Please help?

31 weeks pregnancy. I have low amniotic fluid. Please help?

Perinatologist: If you have oligohydramnios (low amniotic fluid) then your obstetrician should refer you to a specialist of high risk pregnancies. In the meantime bed rest. ...Read more

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I am 18weeks pregnant and have found low amniotic fluid level. How can I control it and what should be my diet?

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

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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 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?

> 5: In general we look for an amniotic fluid level above 5 cm at term. 7.5 is normal but it needs to be analyze in terms of your specific pregnancy with your doctor. There may be other issues that change the answer to this question. ...Read more