Low Amniotic Fluid During Pregnancy : Oligohydramnios
What is Amniotic Fluid?
Amniotic fluid surrounds the developing fetus in the amniotic sac, and performs some important functions. The amniotic fluid:
What Causes Oligohydramnios During Pregnancy?
There are several different causes of low amniotic fluid, which include:
Signs and Symptoms of Low Amniotic Fluid
There are several signs that may lead you to suspect low levels of amniotic fluid. These include:
How it Affects the Baby
One of the main concerns is that your placenta may not be functioning correctly, which could lead to a number of complications. You may have a premature birth, or the amniotic fluid may get so low that your baby will compress the umbilical cord and starve himself of oxygen. Low amniotic fluid may also prevent some of the vital organs and systems we all rely on for fully developing.
Sometimes, replacing fluid through maternal oral or IV hydration may be used to help correct the condition. Other times, amnioinfusion is used. If low amniotic fluid is seen in a post-term pregnancy, most practitioners will induce labor.
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