Amniotic fluid and it’s importance : Check out how choosing a good maternity hospital could help
Let’s begin with a fact about amniotic fluid. This fluid is mostly pee.
YOU might find this gross, but the truth is that it’s this pee fluid that keeps the baby safely secured inside you.
Amniotic fluid is a clear or yellow fluid which is a baby’s life support system throughout the pregnancy. It not only protects the baby but also helps in the development of his muscles, lungs, limbs and digestive system.
This fluid increases as the baby grows. The mother’s body produces this during the 18 weeks of pregnancy and post that the baby produces it. Amniotic fluid acts like a cushion keeping the baby cosy and secured. It also helps in regulating the baby’s body temperature.
Also, this fluid contains certain antibodies that protects the baby from infections. With the help of amniotic fluid the baby is able to tumble around inside the womb easily, which helps in development of his muscles and bones.
So it would be right to say that amniotic fluid isn’t just a ‘bag of water’ but a ‘highly helpful bag‘ for the babies.
By second trimester the baby starts to swallow and breathe amniotic fluid. The fluid could be low or high in some pregnancies.
Cases with low amniotic fluid are called oligohydramnios and polyhydramnios is when the fluid is high.
I was detected with oligohydramnios during my second pregnancy and learnt that about 8 percent women have low level of amniotic fluid. I find myself lucky to have found the right maternity hospital that helped me throughout my pregnancy. If it wasn’t for my gynaecologist, I would have been in distress. Exactly why I suggest all expecting parents to choose your maternity hospital wisely.
If you would like to know more about oligohydramnios and how your maternity hospital could help you, please read on.
The condition of having too little amniotic fluid is called oligohydramnios. The fluid is usually measured by either amniotic fluid index evaluation or deep rocket measurement.
It is usually common during the third trimester.
Causes of low amniotic fluid?
- Placenta problems: the baby might not be able to recycle the fluid if the placenta doesn’t provide enough nutrients and blood.
- Birth defects: There could be little urine production which could lead to low level of amniotic fluid if there are problems with development of the baby’s urinary tract or kidneys.
- Maternal complications: Level of amniotic fluid can be effected by factors like maternal preeclampsia , dehydration, diabetes, hypertension and chronic hypoxia.
- Rupture or leaking of membranes: Due to a tear in the membrane there might be a slow constant trickle or a gush of fluid loss. Even pre-mature Rupture of the membranes could lead to low amniotic fluid.
- Post pregnancy date: Pregnancy that goes beyond 42 weeks could have low levels of amniotic fluid which usually happens due to declining function of placenta.
Complications of oligohydramnios:
If detected in the early trimesters it could lead to compression of the fetal organs which might result in birth defects and there might chances of miscarriage or stillbirth increases.
Treatments for oligohydramnios:
If detected early your gynaecologist would monitor your levels of amniotic fluid quite closely. There are certain tests like NST and Sonography that could help in monitoring the baby’s activities. There are also certain medicines that help to increase blood flow to the uterus and could help the baby gain weight ( however such medicines have a limited effectiveness).
If detected in the last trimester then usually gynaecologists suggest a delivery.
One hospital that has a history of successfully helping pregnant moms suffering from oligohydramnios is Sitaram Bhartia Institute Of Science And Research. The hospital focuses on normal delivery and helps every pregnant woman have a positive birth experience.
Read about a mom who recently delivered with them despite having oligohydramnios. Click on the highlighted link to read the story now.
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