When she becomes pregnant, the woman knows she has nine months to go to take care of her health and do everything to make her baby develop normally and be born healthy.
During the pregnancy period, especially the first time the woman becomes pregnant, it is customary to see many problems that need to be addressed as soon as possible.
What is amniotic fluid?
Amniotic fluid plays an essential role in gestation because, in addition to involving the baby, this fluid has very important functions that cushion abrupt movements and possible shocks and does not allow the umbilical cord to be compressed, which protects the baby because it maintains the temperature inside the uterus and helps in the formation of the respiratory and digestive system.
Loss of amniotic fluid
The loss of amniotic fluid is called oligohydramnios and is not very rare. About 8% of pregnant women have loss of amniotic fluid at some point in their pregnancy, usually in the third trimester.
During the nine months of pregnancy, the amount of amniotic fluid increases. About 34-36 weeks of gestation, a pregnant woman is likely to have 800 ml to 1 liter of fluid inside the uterus.
There are two major risks in the loss of amniotic fluid, first occurring before the third trimester of pregnancy, because this fluid helps in the development of the baby’s lungs and the loss of it hinders the growth of these organs. The other big risk is that the baby is born prematurely.
Signs of amniotic fluid loss
Pregnant women should be aware that they are losing the aminiotic fluid. Women need to pay special attention to diabetics, hypertensives or those with lupus.
The signs of loss of amniotic fluid are loss of fluid through the vagina and the baby who is not moving as before. If one or both of these signs occur, seek immediate medical attention.
When this loss occurs in the third trimester of pregnancy, the woman need not worry, only the doctor will have to follow the pregnancy more closely. Decreased amniotic fluid is more noticeable in heat stations because it is related to dehydration of the pregnant woman, so pregnant women should drink plenty of fluids and rest. Some doctors may recommend submerged baths.
Oligohydramnios, that is, loss of amniotic fluid is treated according to the cause of the problem, as each has a specific treatment.
This problem can occur because of partial pocket rupture, baby abnormalities, placental problems, fetal-fetal transfusion syndrome, and medication the mother consumes.
So keep an eye out for the nine months of your pregnancy to pass smoothly for you and your baby.