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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Hearing you have oligohydramnios can be scary. Here are answers to all your questions about having low amniotic fluid -- including how to keep baby safe.

What is oligohydramnios?

Oligohydramnios is when there's not enough amniotic fluid around baby, and it could mean several things. It could mean your water has broken and some of the fluid has leaked out. Or it could be that baby's not peeing enough (yup, amniotic fluid is made of baby's pee), which could be a sign baby's not getting enough blood and nutrients from the placenta.

What are the signs of oligohydramnios?

You may be leaking fluid (yup, out of your vagina), or your OB may notice that baby’s not growing or gaining weight as quickly as he should be.

Are there any tests for oligohydramnios?

Yep. An amniotic fluid index or a maximum vertical pocket test can measure your fluid levels.

How common is oligohydramnios?

It happens in about 4 percent of pregnancies -- and in 12 percent of pregnancies that go about two weeks past baby’s due date.

How did I get oligohydramnios?

Certain health problems, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, are associated with oligohydramnios. So are pregnancies that go two or more weeks past the due date. If your membranes break early (premature rupture of membranes) or baby has a birth defect, that could also cause oligohydramnios.

How will my oligohydramnios affect my baby?

The problem with not having enough fluid is that there may not be enough cushion for the umbilical cord, so it could compress, and baby might not get adequate blood flow from it.

-- Laura Riley, MD, ob-gyn, Director of Labor and Delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital and author of You & Your Baby: Pregnancy


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