Amniotic Fluid Deficiency

If the amniotic fluid is less than needed for the gestational age of the fetus, it is Oligohydramnios or Amniotic Fluid Deficiency. Contributing factors for the low level of amniotic fluid are placental abruption, breaking of water, chronic blood pressure, and taking medications like ACE inhibitors. If Oligohydramnios occurs in the 36th to 37th week of pregnancy, delivery is the safest option. However, if it happens during labor, amnioinfusion might be recommended.

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I am 31 weeks pregnant with a low amniotic fluid level. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hello, I am 31 weeks pregnant and had to change my obstetrician. My previous doctor was concerned about my amniotic fluid levels as last week my levels were at 13. I went to see my new doctor yesterday and my levels had dropped to 9. The new doctor did not see a problem that my levels had dropped wi...  Read Full »

Dr. Varunbabu Aucha

Answer: Hi,Welcome to read your query and understand your concern.The quantity of amniotic fluid could vary person-to-person.Nothing to be worried about much. If you have an amniotic fluid index of 9 cm, it is acceptable.I suggest you check your blood pressure more frequently.When amniotic flu...  Read Full »

I have low amniotic fluid. Should I get C-section done?

Query: Hello doctor, My gynecologist said that I should opt for a C-section because of the following reasons: Low HB level (9.6 now), low amniotic fluid, fibroids which is at the cervix, age factor.  Read Full »

Dr. Nadia Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I could not see the fibroid in the cervix in this report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It says fibroid in anterior uterine wall and size is very small. I do not see any of the above-mentioned reasons to go for a C-section as none of them is an indic...  Read Full »

The 25th week pregnancy scan showed oligohydramnios and IUGR. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 31 weeks and two days pregnant. I had an ultrasound at 20 weeks, and everything was normal. However, with time, I noticed there was little or no movement, and the baby's movement was more like a ball rolling in a difficult position. So, my doctor sent me for an ultrasound at the thir...  Read Full »

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Let me put forth few facts about pregnancy and baby growth. The growth of the baby is progressive, but if it stops at some stage, that amount of growth cannot be regained. Some reason has been missed by the doctor during the pregnancy monitoring. There could be many...  Read Full »

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