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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’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?


-- 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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