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Because i have nothing else to worry about <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Are there any signs that you have Low Fluid Levels? I keep reading this one as one of the things that can go bad post dates.........
 

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If you had enough fluid before, e.g. baby was swimming around just fine, I'd think that you'd be fine now.<br><br>
Of course, I also know nothing about this topic. I didn't even know it was something to worry about. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush">
 

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if the uterus gets noticibly smaller, or you feel/see more of the baby instead of what you had been seeing- which would mostly be vague bits--
 

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Sorry, I didn't have much time when I posted earlier. What I meant by "Trust." was simply to trust in your body, your baby, your higher power, your knowledge, your intuition. You are so so close to meeting your baby, Mama. So close. How do you want to spend your last few days of pregnancy? Worried or trusting?<br><br>
Just some reading that you might find interesting:<br><a href="http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/biophysical.asp" target="_blank">http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/biophysical.asp</a><br>
Look under News Flashes <a href="http://www.internationalmidwife.com/enews/enews0505.asp?q=breastfeed*#news" target="_blank">http://www.internationalmidwife.com/...eastfeed*#news</a><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">How is oligohydramnios treated?<br>
Recent studies suggest that women with otherwise normal pregnancies who develop oligohydramnios near term probably need no treatment, and their babies are likely to be born healthy. from <a href="http://www.marchofdimes.com" target="_blank">http://www.marchofdimes.com</a></td>
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Another option is getting a MW to palpate your belly. Lay-MWs can tell.
 

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Im not sure about an at home test.. but this was one of my big worries last pregnancy. I went a couple weeks past dates and the midwife said we should check for low fluids. It seems that low fluid and the placenta coming away from the wall, or not being effective are the main concerns of going to far over dates. I read on birthlove.com that many mothers dont have a problem with this. But when I was talking to my new midwife (my last one turned out to be a 'med'wife.. as someone on here called her <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) she said after about 2 weeks they like to do an ultrasound to check fluid levels (and also a non stress test).. and she doesnt usually do ultrasounds at all. BUT, she also said that after being a CNM for over 25 years she has only seen a few babies that really needed to come out due to low fluids.. and were really considered and looked 'postdate'. Sorry, I know that was no help to you. But personally, that is one of my concerns with this pregnancy as well since Im expecting to go past dates since I have a tendency to bake them for longer than most people. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I am determined to go into labor on my own. I have always been induced because of post dates. Im just wondering how long I will go?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Okay, enough about me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/upsidedown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="upsidedown"> I will continue to check this thread as Im interested in knowing as well. And if I come across anything in the next couple days I will let you know. Do you believe you are overdue?
 

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Yes, I am 41 weeks today, and although the night I posted about low-fluid i was in a verrrrry depressed anxious mood, I think I have just been grasping at straws because of the unchartered territory for me of having "no" prenatal "care", and of being past 40 weeks, both of which are new to me.<br><br>
I have been trying to get my mind back to center, and reading good funny positive stories about post-dates mamas and babies. It helps alot to hear people say non-chalantly how they were 13 days over due or whatever.......<br><br>
I dont have any reason to think i have low fluid but if somehow my rambling stirs up some real info, i will be glad!!
 

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Many midwives check for fluid level by palpation and seem to have a better track record than ultrasound. When I was pg. with my first and I was postdates, 3 different people checked my fluid level and each one came up with a different number(AFI of 1.5, 4, and 7 all within a few hours!). Then I'm induced and pop! amniotic fluid everywhere. and I know that some sonographers always come up with low numbers when they check. Basically if you can smoosh your belly all over and feel a good bouncy cushion between your hand and your baby, things are fine. Fluid that's a little low isn't anything to worry about anyway as long as your little one's not saran-wrapped in there. Low fluid is usually caused by stress and can be relieved by deep water immersion (up to your neck in warm water - heated indoor pool?) and increased water consumption, plus any relaxation techniques that work for you.<br><br>
HTH,<br>
Rachele<br><br><br><br>
Am J Obstet Gynecol 1993 Dec;169(6):1595-1597<br><br>
Reversal of oligohydramnios with subtotal immersion: a report of five cases.<br><br>
Strong TH Jr<br><br>
OBJECTIVE: The purpose was to summarize five cases where subtotal immersion was associated with an increase in the amniotic fluid index. STUDY DESIGN: Five women with oligohydramnios, as defined by an amniotic fluid index < 8 cm, who underwent subtotal (shoulder-deep) immersion therapy are described. RESULTS: The mean pretreatment amniotic fluid index was 4.9 +/- 3 cm. After immersion therapy was instituted, the amniotic fluid index increased an average of 6 +/- 2.2 cm. In three subjects whose immersion therapy was discontinued, the amniotic fluid index fell an average of 4.7 cm. CONCLUSION: Subtotal immersion may help reverse oligohydramnios stemming from uteroplacental insufficiency
 
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