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Low amniotic fluid means that there is too little fluid around your baby in the uterus during pregnancy. The medical term for this problem is oligohydramnios.
Amniotic fluid protects your baby from being bumped or hurt as you move your body. And it keeps your baby at a healthy temperature. The fluid helps your baby move around in the uterus.
A low amount of this fluid can affect how the baby grows. It may lead to problems during labour and delivery.
In many cases, the cause of low amniotic fluid may not be found.
But causes may include:
Some of the symptoms may include:
Doctors use ultrasound to measure the amount of amniotic fluid in your uterus.
If you're near the end of your pregnancy, you may not need treatment. Depending on what's causing low amniotic fluid and how close you are to delivery, your doctor may want to try to start (induce) labour.
Adaptation Date: 5/6/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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