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Does it always mean that something is going to be wrong with the baby when there is low amniotic fluid?

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replied April 17th, 2012
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It does not always mean that there is something wrong with the baby if the amniotic fluid is less. If you are not taking enough fluids, and are dehydrated, then it can be less. Taking adequate fluid intake and rest (and avoiding carbonated and caffeinated beverages) can help. It also begins to decrease as you near your due date. If the fluid is leaking, or if baby is small, or if fetal movements are significantly reduced, or if growth of baby is restricted, or if you have high blood pressure or diabetes or lupus, then, the lower levels can be of concern. Consider going ahead with ultrasound scan and repeating the scan after 1-2 weeks if it shows abnormal levels. AFI or amniotic fluid index should be between 5-25 cm, and levels below 5cm or less is considered to be low. If it continues to be low, you might be at risk for premature labor, or fetal anomalies can be suspected. In this situation, getting an amniocentesis will help. Babies with renal agenesis, large kidneys, undeveloped/improper developed kidneys, blocked urinary tract, congenital heart defect also present with low amniotic fluid especially if detected during 1st or 2nd trimester. Discuss about possible causes with your doctor/gynecologist. Proceed with further treatment measures as indicated. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate/complete rest. Maintain healthy diet.
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