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How Low Amniotic Fluid Affects The Pregnancy

Your amniotic fluid protects your baby and allows him to grow and move during pregnancy. It also prevents the umbilical cord from being compressed against the uterine wall by your baby's body.

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Oligohydramnios is a pregnancy disorder in which the amniotic fluid surrounding a baby is less than expected for his or her gestational age. Low amniotic fluid often occurs as a result of a fluid leak or puncture in the amniotic sac following amniocentesis or a fluid leak that goes unnoticed at any stage during pregnancy.

How low amniotic fluid affects the pregnancy

1 Premature birth

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If your doctor notices you have a low amniotic fluid before the 37 weeks of your pregnancy, you may have to be born prematurely in other to reduce the risk of miscarriage or stillbirth.

2 Birth defects

Your child could be born with serious congenital defects, such as missing internal or external organs, or bone malformations such as dysplasia or clubfoot.

3 Cesarean delivery

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If your doctor notices your Oligohydramnios in the third trimester, there is a high chance you will have a cesarean delivery because the umbilical cord will be insufficient because it is compressed against the uterine wall.

Remedies for low amniotic fluids

1 Amnioinfusion

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This treatment involves the doctor injecting room-temperature sodium chloride into your amniotic sac via an intrauterine catheter.

2 Bed rest

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If you have moderate oligohydramnios, your doctor will keep you under surveillance and recommend that you stay in bed. Increased intravascular spaces can be achieved with proper hydration and total bed rest which make more space for amniotic fluid.

3 Pregnancy termination

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Medical termination of pregnancy due to severe oligohydramnios during the first trimester may be the worst of all. However, it is in your and the baby's best interests because the baby may be delivered with severe health issues.

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