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Low amniotic fluid means that there is too little fluid around your baby in the uterus during pregnancy.
Having a low amount of this fluid can affect how the baby grows. It may lead to problems during labor and delivery.
Amniotic fluid protects your baby from being bumped or hurt as you move your body. And it keeps your baby at a healthy temperature. The fluid helps your baby move around in the uterus.
In many cases, the cause of low amniotic fluid may not be found.
But causes may include:
Some of the symptoms may include:
Doctors use ultrasound to measure the amount of amniotic fluid in your uterus.
If you're near the end of your pregnancy, you may not need treatment. Depending on what's causing the problem and how close you are to delivery, your doctor may want to try to start (induce) labor.
You may also be asked to drink more water. Or you may be given fluids through an intravenous (IV) needle into a vein. Your doctor may want to see you more often.
Current as of:
June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineRSURemoved
Current as of: June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & RSURemoved
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