February 19, 2008,
J.S. asks from Costa Mesa, CA on February 15, 2008
Pregnant with Low Amniotic Fluid
I am currently almost 36 weeks pregnant with my first baby and have been monitored twice a week for low amniotic fluid since I was 31 weeks. It has been averaging between 8-9 cm and the highest it has been is 12 and the lowest 6. I know if it gets to 5cm they will induce me because it is dangerous for the baby. Just this past Monday they decided to release me from monitoring unless I am experiencing decreased fetal movement because the low fluid has not been affecting the baby or her heart rate. I am a nervous mommy to be and this just doesnt seen right to me to wait until they think she is in distress. Has anyone else experienced low fluid who can give some reassurance on this situation. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
L.S. answers from Los Angeles on February 16, 2008
Same thing happened my second pregnancy. In fact, b/c I was being monitored (for low fluid as well), when her heart rate dropped they induced me at 37 weeks. They are waiting b/c they want the baby to get as big as possible. The bigger she is, the better. My little girl was born healthy, but compared to my first child born at 41 weeks, it was big difference. Remember, they are guessing based on the ultrasound how much fluid is in there, her heart rate is going to tell them its time. So, sit tight and be thankful you are being monitored so closely, its good for the baby and for you. By the way, my little girl is a very healthy six month old with no issues. Just a word of encouragement.
M.T. answers from Los Angeles on February 19, 2008
I had the same issue with my son,I too am a New mom.The last month and a half,I had too be monitored for the same.my son was just fine.we induced labor and he was just fine. If the dr. releases you its because he knows she is okay. Just relax try not too worry,Eazyer said than done I know.Hope this helps you alittle.
G.H. answers from Los Angeles on February 16, 2008
First, congratulations, how very exciting! My first son was born with little to no amniotic fluid, but there were no ill affects. Since this happened, I was monitored the last 6-8 weeks of my next two pregnancies. My second also had low fluid, they monitored and I was able to go full term. My third did not, and so that was the first time I got to feel my "water break" Be monitored and try not to worry!
G. from Lakewood, CA
E.L. answers from Los Angeles on February 16, 2008
I was wondering how you first found out that your amniotic fluid was low?