Pregnancy And Amniotic Fluid

Amniotic fluid plays a vital role in safeguarding your child throughout the nine months. However, some women develop pregnancy complications arising from amniotic fluid related problems. There are only two types of amniotic fluid problems in pregnancy: either there is too less of amniotic fluid or there is too much of it. Either scenario isn’t a pleasant one and is a cause of concern.

Women will mostly suffer from less amniotic fluid which can be dangerous during advanced stages of pregnancy. Sometimes low amniotic fluid is also a sign of kidney problems or foetal defects. High amount of amniotic fluid at later stages of pregnancy is fatal for both mother and the unborn child if the mother unexpectantly goes into labor or develops high blood pressure.

In either case you can keep you and your child safe.

You will have to undergo a number of tests to establish the level of amniotic fluid in your body. Once the levels have been found out you will be required to take ultrasounds, non stress tests and even get biophysical profiling done.

Check the number of foetal kicks twice every day. In a  quiet room lie down on a bed, relax yourself and start counting the number of movements the baby does. There should be at least 10 movements every two hours.

In case you are suffering from low amniotic fluid drink plenty of water to help your body prepare more. If it is high amniotic fluid that you are suffering from then drastically cut in your sodium intake. High sodium diet will increase the water retention capacity of the body.

Check with your doctor for prescriptions for either low or high levels of amniotic fluid. In some cases the doctor might suggest amnioreduction. Just like in amniocentesis a needle is inserted in the uterus and the amniotic fluid is drawn out. But amnioreduction will only be considered if the amniotic fluid levels are way above the safety marks.

If at any point after 32 weeks of pregnancy your doctor feels that the level of amniotic fluid is a concern he/she might opt for inducing labor or performing a c-section. You must understand that this is being done only to protect you and your child.

Anubha Pandey