What causes low levels of amniotic fluid?
Ah, amniotic fluid. That beautiful clear liquid that surrounds and protects the baby inside the womb. But what happens when there’s not enough of it? In medical terms, we call this condition Oligohydramnios. And in plain English, well, let’s just say things are a little dry.
So what causes low levels of amniotic fluid? Let’s explore some possible reasons why your mini-water park might be running low on H20.
1. You’re Not Drinking Enough Water
It seems obvious, right? If you’re not drinking enough water during pregnancy, chances are your body won’t have enough fluids to spare for creating amniotic fluid either.
Surely you know by now how important hydration is during pregnancy! So put down that coffee and pick up a glass of water instead!
2. Your Baby Is Peeing Too Much
Yep! Babies pee in the amniotic fluid out. It may sound gross but it actually helps with fetal lung development by preventing their lungs from getting compressed too much.
But if your baby is peeing more than usual or has kidney problems, then there could be less liquid left in the sac to cushion them properly – much like an underwhelming kiddie pool experience.
3. Problems With The Placenta
The placenta plays an important role throughout pregnancy since it provides nutrients and oxygen to your growing lil’ bean while also serving as a filter system between mom and babe.
If something goes wrong with placental function such as if blood flow becomes restricted or there’s damage related to other conditions like high blood pressure then reduced production of breathable air bubbles is bound to happen damaging all sorts o’ fun for everyone concerned/
4. Fetal Abnormalities
Sometimes Low amniotic fluids can indicate issues with fetal development like renal agenesis – a rare condition where the baby doesn’t develop kidneys. Once your doctor notices any abnormalities they would then recommend an increased surveillance and may even suggest inducing labour to avoid further complications.
Sometimes there are simple answers! Like if there is just less water due to leaks in the sac because of its membranes rupturing and the amniotic fluid slowly leaking out thereby reducing cushioning for you-know-who!
So, what did we learn? In summary, Oligohydramnios can be caused by everything from using urinary frequency ‘as an excuse’ to skip-out on drinking enough fluids, problems with fetal organs as developing or failure of controlling blood pressure during pregnancy.
As always it’s crucial that expectant moms stay hydrated and vigilant in detecting changes throughout their pregnancies. So go forth and cheers ever glass’o H20 to keeping amniotic fluid levels up!