Low amniotic fluid means that there is too little fluid around your baby in the uterus during pregnancy. The medical term for this problem is oligohydramnios.
Amniotic fluid protects your baby from being bumped or hurt as you move your body. And it keeps your baby at a healthy temperature. The fluid helps your baby move around in the uterus.
A low amount of this fluid can affect how the baby grows. It may lead to problems during labor and delivery.
Low amniotic fluid may be caused by:
Some of the symptoms may include:
Doctors use ultrasound to calculate the amniotic fluid index. This index is a way of measuring the amount of fluid in your uterus.
If you're near the end of your pregnancy, you may not need treatment. Depending on what's causing low amniotic fluid and how close you are to delivery, your doctor may want to try to start (induce) labor.
You may be asked to drink more water, or you may be given fluids through an intravenous (IV) needle into a vein. Your doctor may want to see you more often.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofMarch 16, 2017
Current as of:
March 16, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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