Question: I am about 31 weeks. recently when i had a scan test. i received a report that my amniotic fluid level is about 8cm so the doctor advice me to take rl drips 2 bottle and austim 1 bottle for about 10 days but still my fluid level has not increased. It has reduced to 4.5cm so she advice me to take drips for 7 days more and to have note over the movement of the baby often. Can you please suggest me some tips to increase my fluid level? T.E. (India)
Answer: This is all very worrying for you. I’m afraid I am going to contradict the advice that you appear to be getting from your doctor.
Taking fluids of any kind be it orally or through the intravenous route will have absolutely no influence on the amniotic fluid volume. Having drips etc will have zero impact on the level of amniotic fluid. The bottom line is that you cannot do anything (nor can anybody else) to increase amniotic fluid volume. The role of the doctor is to try to establish the possible cause of reduced amniotic fluid. This is not always possible. Much more important is to closely monitor fetal well-being. If there is continuing signs of possible fetal compromise, it may be necessary to deliver the baby early, sometimes by caesarean section. Apart from measuring fluid volume, I would want to think, the baby’s growth has also been assessed. If this appears stagnant, that will be a cause for real concern. I hope it works out well for you and your baby.
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