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Anyone have low amionic(sp?) fluid levels in the last month of prego? I'm 36.5 weeks along I had an Ultra sound and they said I had low fluid. so I had a non-stress test. The baby is moving really well (Its a party every day!) so I dont feel worried . I'm just worried that they will push to induce. I dont feel like its a big deal since she is still moving alot. My hubby wouldent let me have a home birth (It freaked him out). So I go to a Dr. and I just feel like I'm the Hippie that doesnt want people messing with me and the baby. Well Hope someone can help or just tell me waht they went through.<br><br>
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They found out I had low levels of fluid in my 37th week when I had a day with no movement from dd. I went in for a NST and they told me my fluid levels were very low and that they rarely went back up. This was on a Monday, I had to reschedule an appointment for Thursday, and they told me if my levels got any lower, they would keep me in the hospital for an immediate induction. To make a long story short, my levels fluctuated weekly, but never got below their magic mark for induction. My Dr was the one who told me that the test was very un-scientific, and that having low fluid isn't always something to worry about. Drink lots and lots of water, and try to stay off your feet as much as possible. You can keep having the NST's if you want- they were reassuring to me in a way, but also very stressful, because I never knew if that would be the day that they would wan to start my labor.<br><br>
Oh, and dd turned out just fine. She was born three days after her due date, perfectly healthy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I highly recomend the NSTs with low fluid levels. My dd actually failed her non stress test at 33 weeks, rolled over on her cord and compressed it (which was possible because of the low fluid level) and her heart rate was in the 20s. I ended up in the hospital on bedrest for a week before they induced me. She has some issues dirrectly related to her cord compression in utero (which probably happened more than the one time I had the NST). Her brain MRI showed damage to the motor pathways due to lack of oxygen.<br><br>
Thank God she is doing pretty well, but she has low muscle tone among other issues which are dirrectly related to her lack of oxygen prior to birth.<br><br>
My daughter had other signs of distress though, my blood pressure was up and she had IUGR. I really hope all is well with you and your baby!!
 

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I had low fluid levels with my DS - it was noticed around 33 wks. My Dr. had me do weekly NST with ultrasounds (to measure the fluid amount) weekly. At 37wks the ultrasound tech said - hmmm. I'm going to have the Dr measure your fluid amount. Needless to say the ultrasound Dr. came in and said the baby looks good but we need you to go down to labor delivery it's induction day. It seems that there was practically no fluid left - the whole time DS was moving the same as he always did. This isn't something you want to mess with and it's best to listen (and then decide) - the Dr's see alot more of these cases than your average mom. Do try to relax, my son is the healthiest little guy around and even though his birth was 3 wks before we expected and an induction it really was a wonderful experience. Good luck!
 

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I was diagnosed with low AFI with my first child, and did well on all the non-stress tests, but was still coerced into a c-section. Please know that this diagnosis greatly increases your chances of cesarean, so make sure you know ALL your options beforehand. Ask for a repeat scan in a few hours, while you down a TON of water, or with an IV if they insist you stay. Amniotic fluid replenishes itself constantly, and dehydration on your part can lower the apparent fluid level.<br><br>
If you are up for it, do a Google search on oligohydramnios to learn more. Best of luck!!
 
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