Amniotic Fluid Index

Amniotic fluid is necessary for the development of a fetus. An amniotic fluid index is a way to measure the amniotic fluid volume in pregnant women. The normal amniotic fluid index usually lies between 6 and 24 cm. When the amniotic fluid index is less than 5 to 6 cm, the condition is known as oligohydramnios. An amniotic fluid index greater than 24 to 25 cm is referred to as polyhydramnios.

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Will drumstick leaf soup reduce the amniotic fluid or harm the baby in any way?

Query: Hi doctor, I am five months pregnant. I am taking one glass of drumstick leaf soup daily. My neighbors tell me it will reduce the amniotic fluid. So, I am confused. Please give me a good suggestion.  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How are you doing? I understand your concern. You can comfortably have anything to improve your health. It can never affect the baby. It is a myth that the fluid around the baby will reduce. If the baby's blood flow is normal, the blood flow to the baby's kidney wil...  Read Full »

I am 30 weeks pregnant with an amniotic fluid index of 7 cm, and my baby's movements are also minimal. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 30 weeks and four days pregnant. My amniotic fluid index was 7 cm in my recent scan. Now my baby's movements are also minimal. What should I do? Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I can see a discrepancy of two weeks in your ultrasound (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The corrected estimated due date is in January. Assuming it is due to wrong dates because of irregular...  Read Full »

I am 28 weeks pregnant and I want to understand my noninvasive prenatal test reports. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I am currently 28 weeks pregnant and I underwent an ultrasound last week and the AFI level came around 5cm. The baby's growth is good (more than 1000 gm). My NIPT results were also normal. I wanted to check and discuss with a gynecologist through video conferencing regarading my AFI le...  Read Full »

Dr. Arjun Ajamalbhai Chaudhari

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. It shows that oligohydramnios mostly seems due to idiopathic cause. So, there are no abnormalities, no specific reason, no preeclampsia, non-diabetic, no fetal anomalies seen in the report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity...  Read Full »

Other than ultrasound, how can Down's syndrome be diagnosed?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 26 weeks pregnant. Yesterday, I went for an ultrasound scan named targeted imaging for fetal anomalies. Other than hypoplasia of nasal bone, everything is normal. I need an expert opinion regarding advanced tests of ultrasound or amniocentesis, karyotyping or any ultrasound scan to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) in toto. At 26 weeks period of gestation, the overall growth of the fetus is fine. But the concern here is hypoplastic nasal bone seen in the second trimester TIFFA (targeted imaging for ...  Read Full »

Please check my NIPT report and explain.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 27 weeks pregnant. Is my amniotic fluid normal or high? I hope there is no chance of any birth defect in my baby. My NIPT (noninvasive prenatal testing) test was normal. Also, my level 1 and level 2 scans were normal. Please check my report. Also, there is some problem with the ar...  Read Full »

Dr. Vidya Muralidhar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to At this stage, we do not look for anomalies. If NIPT is normal, then you can be 99 percent sure that there is no anomaly. Also, the level 1 and 3 scans have been normal which is reassuring. The liquor is fine and nothing to panic about (attachment removed to protect ...  Read Full »

Is the growth of the fetus in my wife's womb abnormal?

Query: Hello doctor, I have attached the reports of my wife's 30th-week scan. I was told that the baby's growth is a bit high. Please suggest your inputs if there is anything that should be done from our side. She has gestational diabetes. Her HbA1c during anomaly scan was 5.5 %. Is there any cause for co...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Nice to hear from you. How are you three doing? I still tell you that she is not diabetic. Her blood sugars are normal. A HbA1c of less than 6.5 % indicates that her sugar has been normal for the last three months. I feel that her scan report is also normal (attachment...  Read Full »

Can a repeat anomaly scan cause miscarriage?

Query: Hello doctor,I am second time pregnant and my first son is 11 months old. Now, I am 20 weeks pregnant and the reports of the 12 weeks scan and the quad marker are normal. I do not have a family history of any abnormality but, my 20 weeks scan shows some abnormality. There is some thickness in the ba...  Read Full »

Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. Please attach your reports again as they were not very clear. The main purpose of the anomaly scan is to check that the baby is developing normally. If the doctors suspect that your baby has a heart problem, you will be asked to come in for a...  Read Full »

Will medications cause weight gain during pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is 28 weeks pregnant. I am having doubts regarding medication which she is taking. Our consultant prescribed the following three medicines from first week of her pregnancy. Tablet Promocal (calcium, vitamin D3 and magnesium). Tablet Ferofer (Sodium feredetate with vitamins and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Purushottam Sah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read and understood your problem. The increase in weight may be due to difference in clothing or other things, but if it is true increase then water is accumulating in her body. Does she have swelling of feet? Under such a condition, salt intake is restricted. Her...  Read Full »

Can pregnancy be terminated in the 28th week?

Query: Hi doctor, I am in my late 6th month pregnancy. Recently I went for a scan named targeted imaging for fetal anomalies (TIFFA). All the reports were normal except hypoplastic nasal bone and higher normal values of amniotic fluid. I am approaching you for second consultation now. My questions are, wh...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have thoroughly gone through your case and can well understand your genuine health concerns.  Read Full »

Our baby seems to have continuous weight loss. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, Our baby is 2 weeks 1 day old. Her weight at birth was 3.2 kg, after 1 week it was 2.9 kg and today it is 2.6 kg. She seems to have continuous weight loss. We are really worried. She has been completely breastfed. She used to have 3 to 4 wet diapers during daytime and 2 to 3 wet diap...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagasirisha Naredla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to To begin with, 3.2 kg at birth is good weight for your baby. Being exclusively breastfed is beneficial for the baby in many ways, nutritionally better and immunity boosting when compared with formula milk. Usually babies lose 10% of their birth weight in the first week o...  Read Full »

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