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Low Amniotic Fluid (20+5 wks) Experiences?

Posted by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:23 AM
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Hello, 

Early last week I went for my rountine 20 wk anatomy scan. Well, the U/S tech couldn't even identify 1/2 of the anatomical structures she needed to because my amnio fluid was VERY low. I was told my the OB that I'm in the bottom 2% for fluid levels. :( Couldn't tell baby's gender, couldn't see much of anything. 

Has anyone gone through this? I have an upcoming appointment with a perinatal specialist on Tuesday 2/5 and until then I'm just pushing the water and trying to take it easier than I normally do. 


:( Any experiences would be welcome. 

by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:23 AM
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devinsmom42
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM
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sorry mama! I don't have any experience with that :/...I had the opposite problem and had too much fluid....which isn't a good thing either. They freaked me out and told.me everything that could be wrong such as him having down syndrome. I went back a few weeks later and my fluid was back to normal. It got high towards the end again but I delivered a very healthy baby boy two weeks ago! Easier said then done but try not to stress! Your body can replace the fluid and you need to drink...drink...and drink water!! Try to relax as.much as possible and get hydrated! Have they set up an appt to check them again soon?
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devinsmom42
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:30 AM
Nevermind....I see you have an appt. Guess I missed that part!
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louzannalady
by Gold Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Drink at least one gallon of water a day (very seriously, a gallon). Did they say what your AFI levels where? Below a five is cause for concern. Your waters can easily replenish. Stay away from caffeine and sodas (even caffeine free sodas!). I have not heard of this so early, so it can be an issue or it can just be that you need modify your diet and water intake. *hug* Best wishes! 

Maleka87
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 1:01 PM
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My AFI is about a 5 ...at least that's what I got from the Dr. I know that losing some fluid is normal toward the END of the pregnancy, but I'm only 1/2 way through. I've been drinking a lot of water..I'm up to juuuust under 3 liters a day. Thank you for the responses of support! It's much appreciated. I will definitely update after my appointment on Tuesday. I don't think that I've ruptured my water or anything like that, they asked me if I felt any leakage, and I haven't...sooo hopefully I was just a touch dehydrated? 

louzannalady
by Gold Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 3:10 PM
It's easy to become dehydrated. Also, it isn't like looking at an x-ray of a broken leg, "Yep, it's broken!". Getting the AFI is very subjective!

Quoting Maleka87:

My AFI is about a 5 ...at least that's what I got from the Dr. I know that losing some fluid is normal toward the END of the pregnancy, but I'm only 1/2 way through. I've been drinking a lot of water..I'm up to juuuust under 3 liters a day. Thank you for the responses of support! It's much appreciated. I will definitely update after my appointment on Tuesday. I don't think that I've ruptured my water or anything like that, they asked me if I felt any leakage, and I haven't...sooo hopefully I was just a touch dehydrated? 

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Pandapanda
by Cafe Panda on Feb. 2, 2013 at 3:35 PM

You need to be drinking at least 80 ounces of water per day. How much water (not tea, not soda, not coffee, etc) you drink directly impacts your amniotic fluid levels and baby's health. 

Maleka87
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 3:49 PM
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Well, after seeing the Dr. today, everything measured normally. We're back up to an AFI of 11, which is spot on for this stage of pregnancy. The low fluid could be attributed to a few things 1.) U/S tech error 2.) Slight dehydration 3.) Could have been a normal fluctuation for MY body. I have another appointment in 2 weeks just to make sure, but the Dr. said he has seen nothing to indicate that anything is "wrong". The baby is actually growing quite normally and is right on track! Also, it's a boy! 

aussiechic
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

 I was found to have low fluid at 37 weeks. it was a 6.  Was told bedrest and drink drink drink water.  3 days later it went down to 5.2.  :/  3 days later it was up to 7.8.  they decided to let me go a week.  When i came back in a week it was non existant so I was induced. 

Praying they get your fluid levels back up mama!

xLilBit22
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:19 PM
Glad everything looks good nd congrats on the boy

Quoting Maleka87:

Well, after seeing the Dr. today, everything measured normally. We're back up to an AFI of 11, which is spot on for this stage of pregnancy. The low fluid could be attributed to a few things 1.) U/S tech error 2.) Slight dehydration 3.) Could have been a normal fluctuation for MY body. I have another appointment in 2 weeks just to make sure, but the Dr. said he has seen nothing to indicate that anything is "wrong". The baby is actually growing quite normally and is right on track! Also, it's a boy! 

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