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Low Amniotic Fluid (Oligohydramnios)

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Certain medical conditions

Certain maternal health conditions, such as chronic high blood pressure, preeclampsia, diabetes, and lupus, can cause your amniotic fluid levels to be low.

Carrying twins or multiples

If you are carrying twins or multiples, you are at an increased risk for low fluid levels. Oligohydramnios is common in the case of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome in which one twin suffers from too little amniotic fluid while the other twin creates too much.

Carrying twins or multiples

If you are carrying twins or multiples, you are at an increased risk for low fluid levels. Oligohydramnios is common in the case of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome in which one twin suffers from too little amniotic fluid while the other twin creates too much.

Fetal abnormalities

Low amniotic fluid levels in your first or second trimester may be caused by a fetal abnormality. For instance, if your baby's kidneys aren't developing properly or did not develop at all, or his urinary tract is blocked, your baby won't produce enough urine to maintain a healthy level of amniotic fluid.


Post Date Pregnancy

Doctors use various methods to measure amniotic fluid levels, but the most common test is an amniotic fluid index evaluation, or deep pocket measurement. Your doctor will measure the largest pockets of amniotic fluid in four different sections of your uterus and evaluate the combined measurements against the amniotic fluid index (AFI). A normal level for a woman in her third trimester is between 5 and 25 centimeters (cm). Oligohydramnios is suspected if an AFI shows a fluid level of less than 5 centimeters (or less than the 5th percentile), the absence of a single fluid pocket 2 to 3 cm in depth, or a fluid volume of less than 500mL at 32 to 36 weeks gestation. The treatment for oligohydramnios varies depending on gestational age. If you are not full tem yet, your doctor will monitor you and your fluid levels very closely and may perform tests such as non-stress and contraction stress tests to monitor your baby's activity. If you are close to full term, your doctor may recommend you be induced and deliver your baby early. Other treatments include:

  • Amnio-infusion during labor using an intrauterine catheter. This process injects fluid directly into the uterus to help cushion the umbilical cord during delivery and lower the chances of a cesarean delivery.

  • Injection of fluid prior to delivery through amniocentesis. Although oligohydramnios often returns soon after this procedure, it can help your doctor visualize the fetal anatomy and accurately determine fetal development.

  • Maternal re-hydration with oral fluids or IV fluids has shown to help increase amniotic fluid levels.

If you are diagnosed with oligohydramnios, it is important that you continue to eat well, drink lots of fluids (water is best), rest as much as possible, avoid smoking and report any signs of preterm labor to your health care provider right away.

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