Too little amniotic fluid! What's up with that?

Too little amniotic fluid (oligohydramnion) occurs most at the end of your pregnancy. And especially when you have passed the 40th week. From that week on you do not make any new amniotic fluid anymore, because it is actually time to give birth. Women who are 41 weeks pregnant have a shortage of amniotic fluid of about 10%. From that week on, it becomes shortage of amniotic fluid increased by 25% every week. If you too little amniotic fluid at the end of your pregnancy there are not so many consequences.
If you have it early in the pregnancy, there may be unpleasant consequences. Read more about this here.

Little amniotic fluid 33 weeks

If you do not have enough amniotic fluid while you are 33 weeks pregnant, you will probably be referred to the hospital. An ultrasound will be made here to determine whether you indeed have too little amniotic fluid. Presumably bed rest will be prescribed. Sometimes enough peace can help. Sometimes, however, a treatment is needed. This depends on the cause.

Make more amniotic fluid

Women who make too little amniotic fluid are advised to drink enough water and rest a lot. Hopefully the body will produce more amniotic fluid. There may be other treatments to be used to ensure that you make more amniotic fluid. You can discuss this with your gynecologist. In any case, make sure that you are properly examined so that the cause can be traced.

If you feel that they are not doing well, let yourself be heard! It would be terrible if there is an identifiable cause and it is not detected because you are not being investigated.

How many liters of amniotic fluid is normal?

It is sometimes difficult to measure the exact amount of amniotic fluid. By the end of your pregnancy (around 38 weeks) you have about 1.5 liters of amniotic fluid. Usually you have an average of 1 liter of amniotic fluid, but that can vary per woman. If the amniotic fluid is less than 200 milliliters, you have a serious shortage of amniotic fluid.

To determine the amount of amniotic fluid, the amniotic fluid index (AFI) is measured. Normally the AFI is between 5 and 25 centimeters. When it is less than 5 cm, you have too little amniotic fluid.

Read here what the consequences are of too much amniotic fluid!

Symptoms too little amniotic fluid

In most cases, women do not realize that they have too little amniotic fluid. It is then noticed during the ultrasound and usually around the end of the pregnancy. If you notice something, you usually suffer from abdominal pain or premature labor. In addition, it may be that your belly is less than normal.

Consequences of insufficient amniotic fluid

Various causes are known, such as broken membranes, carrying a multiple birth, disorders in the mother, a leak in the womb or a congenital defect in your baby. If you have too little amniotic fluid late in your pregnancy, it usually does not have so many consequences. It may be that your baby has to be reached earlier. Other consequences are:

  • If you have too little amniotic fluid earlier in the pregnancy, it can affect your baby. For example, the lungs can not ripen sufficiently or malformations such as clubfoot occur.
  • There may be a slowdown in growth.
  • During birth, the deficiency can crush the umbilical cord.
  • If your membranes break too early a miscarriage can occur.

Treatment too little amniotic fluid

Fortunately, there are various treatment methods that can be used to replenish the amniotic fluid. In most cases, the gynecologist will first advise you to take sufficient rest so that your body gets the chance to supplement the shortage yourself. If this does not work and you experience too little amniotic fluid early in your pregnancy, the treatment may consist of:

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