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’s the best way to treat oligohydramnios?
How oligohydramnios is treated will depend on what's causing it. It could be as simple as drinking more water or doing less physical activity. You may be asked to stay on bed rest. If you're close to your due date and your doctor is concerned about baby's well-being, she may choose to deliver. If you have low levels of amniotic fluid during labor, your OB may give you an amnioinfusion.
What can I do to prevent oligohydramnios?
In some cases, it may be unavoidable, but see your OB regularly to prevent any health problems that could cause oligohydramnios.
What do other pregnant moms do when they have oligohydramnios?
“Just had my 20-week ultrasound, and the radiologist said baby looks great, but I have low levels of amniotic fluid. I was referred to a perinatologist for another ultrasound, but in the meantime, I’m really worried!”
“My baby has low fluid and they’re watching it...they’re doing a fetal nonstress test Thursday, and my guess is, if he shows any kind of distress at all, they’ll deliver.”
“My fluid has gone down more. I know my doctor said once it got under eight centimeters we’d have to start talking about what to do. And if it goes under five, my baby will have to be delivered. The suspicion is that my placenta is deteriorating as a result of one of the medications I’m on.”
Are there any other resources for oligohydramnios?
March of Dimes
Plus, more from The Bump:
What is hydramnios?
What is amnioinfusion?
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