Oligohydramnios

OLIGOHYDRAMNIOS fetus

Last Updated October 23rd, 2019

What Is Amniotic Fluid?

A woman becomes pregnant when her ovum is fertilized and when this fertilized ovum becomes firmly implanted within the uterus. The embryo draws upon nutrients and oxygen supplied by the mother’s body. It will continue to depend on the mother’s body for all its needs throughout its gestation period of roughly nine months after which it is ready to be born.

The developing fetus’s body communicates directly with the mother’s through a set of vital structures, namely the placenta and the umbilical cord. During gestation, the fetus floats in sac full of fluid. This structure is known as the amniotic sac and the liquid it contains is called amniotic fluid.

What Does It Do?

OLIGOHYDRAMNIOSThis clear, slightly yellowish fluid helps to keep the baby safe from mechanical shocks. It also helps to maintain a stable thermal environment around your baby, protecting it from fluctuations in temperature. As the baby floats in this liquid medium, it inhales and even gulps down some fluid which then passes through its system and back out into the amniotic sac. This can be considered practice for actual breathing which will be initiated as soon its head emerges from the birth canal.

Antibodies present in the fluid also help to protect the fetus from infections. This fluid also gives the growing baby freedom to move about and practice various movements. Since the umbilical cord is free to float in the liquid, it is less likely to become compressed or constricted.

The composition of the fluid changes as pregnancy progresses but it generally contains variable quantities of water, antibodies, electrolytes, nutrients, hormones, fetal wastes and even some foetal cells. The amniotic sac develops a few days after conception and safely encases the fetus until it is ready to be born. When the baby is ready to be born, the amniotic sac ruptures and releases its liquid contents. This is what is referred to as ‘water breaking’.

What Is Oligohydramnios?

At around the beginning of the second trimester, that is one-third of the way into the pregnancy, there would be around 50ml of liquid within the amniotic sac. As the pregnancy progresses and the fetus grows larger, the volume of this liquid increases. Normally, at its maximum, there will be between 800 to 1000ml of liquid within the amniotic sac. This tends to drop slightly at the end of the third-trimester approaches. Having the right quantity of amniotic fluid is vital for ensuring normal and healthy development of the baby and preventing complications.

Sometimes, there can be problems with the amniotic sac and fluid prior to completion of the pregnancy. Small amounts of the fluid may leak out or there may be too much of it. When there is too much amniotic fluid, this is known as polyhydramnios. On the other hand, if there is too little of it, the condition is known as oligohydramnios. Oligohydramnios is detected in nearly 4% of all pregnancies.

Why Does This Happen?

OLIGOHYDRAMNIOS pregnancyThere can be a few different reasons for oligohydramnios. For instance, if the mother is pregnant with multiple fetuses simultaneously, as in the case of twins or triplets, she may develop oligohydramnios. A good portion of the amniotic fluid is actually composed of fetal urine. Therefore, if the fetus has any kidney-related problem or lack of renal development, their volume of amniotic fluid may be significantly diminished.Here are some known risk factors for having too little amniotic fluid:

  • Rupture of amniotic membranes, allowing the fluid to leak out.
  • Placental insufficiency.
  • Multiple pregnancies. In other words, being pregnant with more than one fetus at a time.
  • Renal problems in the fetus.
  • Certain chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus.
  • Medications such as certain non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Post-term pregnancy.

If the mother has any of the following conditions, she might have a higher than normal risk for developing oligohydramnios:

  • Dehydration.
  • Diabetes or gestational diabetes.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Infections in the uterus.
  • Preeclampsia.
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus.

Will There Be Any Noticeable Symptoms?

Most probably not. If you have too little fluid in your amniotic sac, it is not very likely for you to become aware of this unless tests are conducted. In case there is a rupture in your amniotic sac and the fluid is leaking out, you may notice a wetness between your legs. Sometimes, it is also possible to tell from the size of the pregnant woman’s belly. If her belly is significantly smaller than expected during the third trimester, this may be an indication of oligohydramnios. However, this is only a very rough and somewhat arbitrary guideline and cannot serve as conclusive proof. The best way to find out for sure is to schedule a visit with your doctor and undergo tests that will help both you and your doctor monitor the progress of your pregnancy.

What Are Some Possible Complications Of Having Too Little Amniotic Fluid?

OLIGOHYDRAMNIOS fetusThis problem can develop during any stage of the pregnancy but it is often observed in instances of pregnancies extending beyond the expected due date. Oligohydramnios carries a risk of long-term deficits and pregnancy complications, especially if this remains unrelieved through the final trimester. The general observation is that the sooner in the pregnancy that oligohydramnios sets in, the poorer is the eventual outlook.

Here are some probable critical outcomes:

  • Miscarriage.
  • Impaired fetal growth.
  • Pregnancy complications. In order to ensure the best possible outcome, the mother may be advised to undergo delivery via Caesarean section.
  • The baby may be born too early. This is known as pre-term birth or premature birth.
  • It is also possible for stillbirth to occur.
  • Alternatively, the baby may be born with congenital defects and abnormalities.

How Is This Detected?

The quantity of amniotic fluid is expressed by a value known as the amniotic fluid index or AFI. Mainly, abnormalities during pregnancy are detected through ultrasound tests. This will also reveal whether fetal development is normal and proceeding ‘on course’. If abnormalities are found, additional procedures such as amniocentesis (extracting a small sample of the amniotic fluid for testing) may be conducted. Normal tests during pregnancy will also examine the mother for signs of complications such as gestational diabetes or hypertension. Additionally, if the doctor suspects that the mother is suffering from an undiagnosed problem like lupus, specialized tests can help to confirm this.

Treatment and prevention

Once it has been identified that a pregnant woman has too little amniotic fluid, she will continue to be monitored from then on until the completion of her pregnancy. The treatment method will be determined based on the cause for the problem. In case the mother is dehydrated, this can be effectively remedied by drinking more water. It is also possible to temporarily boost the volume of the fluid by means of a procedure known as amnioinfusion. This involves actually injecting saline liquid into the amniotic sac. However, if oligohydramnios is detected close to the time of delivery, the best solution might actually be to deliver the baby. Often, this is done via Caesarean section, in order to avoid further risks.

The best option to treat low amniotic fluid in a 36 to 37-week pregnant female is by delivering the baby. In case the pregnancy is less than 36 weeks, the healthcare provider evaluates the health of the fetus and the pregnancy is monitored with fetal ultrasounds. Additionally, the pregnant female is advised to drink more fluids in order to prevent dehydration. Low amniotic fluid during labor can be treated by placing fluid in the amniotic sac- a procedure known as amnioinfusion. A catheter is placed in the cervix during labor and saline is infused into the amniotic sac.

Prevention of oligohydramnios is mainly by evaluating the development of the fetus regularly (so as to diagnose fetus health issues at an early stage) and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet. Keeping a check on the pregnant female’s health conditions is equally important.

Observed in roughly 8% of pregnant women, oligohydramnios is diagnosed by checking the AFI or amniotic fluid index. When this reading falls below 5 cm, it is indicative of oligohydramnios. Since the amniotic fluid is necessary for muscle and organ development, less than adequate amniotic fluid could mean a series of complications for the fetus. The severity of these complications is comparatively higher if this is diagnosed in the earlier periods of pregnancy
Since there is a deficiency of amniotic fluid, the pressure inside the womb is not properly maintained for fetal growth. This could lead to compression of fetal organs and muscles and the baby might be born with severe birth defects.
If detected in the latter half of the pregnancy, it can lead to low birth weight (less than 10th percentile of the gestational weight), preterm birth, and complications during delivery.
Labor complications including umbilical cord compression and meconium-stained fluid are also observed in cases of low amniotic fluid. Meconium stained fluid is an indicator that the baby is under stress as it is receiving very less oxygen supply. Additionally, growth restriction, limb contractions, under-developed lungs, etc are observed in the fetus associated with oligohydramnios.

Facts

  • Around 1 out every of 8 females whose pregnancies last two weeks past the due date develops oligohydramnios.
  • The amniotic fluid is a sterile yellow colored fluid that surrounds and cushions the fetus during gestation (pregnancy).
  • Amniotic fluid is composed of water, nutrients, antibodies, and hormones.

Facts

  • As it develops, the fetus breathes and swallows the amniotic fluid.
  • The fetus starts urinating around the 8th week. After the 10th or 11th week, the fetus starts drinking a mix of the amniotic fluid and urine. Eventually, most of the amniotic fluid is composed of its urine.

Facts

  • The level of amniotic fluid is highest (around 800mL) during 34 to 36 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Oligohydramnios is confirmed in cases where the amniotic fluid index (AFI) observed on ultrasound measures less than 5 cm (a normal index is 5-25cm) and the maximum vertical pocket (MVP) is less than 2 cm3.

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Dos and Don'ts

Dos
  • Drink plenty of fluids during pregnancy. Sufficient liquid intake can prevent conditions such as dehydration, high blood pressure and PROM (Premature Rupture of Membranes).
  • Take prenatal vitamins. These are essential for the healthy development of the fetus. The supplement should contain 4000 micrograms of folic acid that prevents birth defects in the developing fetus.
  • Keep a check on health conditions. Conditions such as diabetes, preeclampsia etc. can lead to complications during pregnancy and might risk the healthy development of the fetus.
Don'ts
  • Indulge in smoking. Nicotine in the cigarettes can cause low birth weight, problems with the placenta, PROM (Premature Rupture of Membranes) etc.
  • Neglect the importance of a healthy diet. A healthy diet can keep diabetes at bay and can help you gain healthy weight during pregnancy. The diet should incorporate a lot of vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy products, lean meats etc.
  • Ignore conditions requiring immediate attention such as leaking of clear fluid from the vagina, heavy and non-stop bleeding from the vagina, contractions before the due date etc.

 

 

 

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Meal replacement or protein drink? Learn all about Shakeology and its claims Shakeology from Beachbody claims to be the most suitable shake that can aid in weight loss, regulate blood…
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Top reasons why you should go for a reflexology massage today Reflexology involves the application of pressure to your feet and hands to encourage self-healing. Could this be beneficial…
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Tonometry Tonometry uses a device called tonometer to measure the pressure inside the eye. This pressure is depends upon…
Okra: How can this nutrient-dense vegetable help you fight diabetes? Okra is a food which is rich in nutrients and minerals which are extremely essential for a healthy…
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The actual science behind smelling salts and how it helps in injury recovery Most smelling salts are a mixture of ammonium carbonate and some perfumes which are sniffed by an individual…
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Are you depressed or just stressed? Know when to see a doctor Why are some people more anxious than others? Is being depressed the same as feeling sad? Have you…
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Stop hitting the snooze button: 8 proven steps to perfect sleep Are you tired of not getting enough sleep? All your efforts for a sound sleep going in vain?…
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Quinoa : A prodigious superfood you need to include in your diet today! Quinoa - what is so special about this native South American grain that has taken the world by…
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Don’t choose pain: 10 truths about your back ache (and how to get relief) Back pain is one of the most common ailments in the world. Almost 80% of the entire global…
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8 reasons why you should grab a bottle of water now! Did you know you don't have to be thirsty for hours to be dehydrated?You could be dehydrated right…
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Edamame: How healthy are these green baby beans? Edamame or "immature" soybeans are soft and easily digestable forms of soybeans that are great as an eveyday…
Cordyceps: How the Caterpillar fungus works as a proven cancer-shield Strange as it may sound, but cordyceps or "caterpillar fungus", a fungus variety native to the Himalayas may…
Vitamin D foods: Know what to eat for stronger bones and a cancer-free body Foods with vitamin D can actuallly transform your health. Observe fewer body aches, high energy, stronger brains, and…
Green, brown, & bitter: The instant advantages of including fenugreek in your diet Did you know the earliest usage of fenugreek can be traced back to the Egyptian civilization? Find out…
The complete “what to eat” guide for gluten intolerance Does eating breads and pastas often makes you nauseous? Gluten intolerance is a common reason why you might…