How to Deal With Amniotic Fluid Problems During Pregnancy

By Kendra Dahlstrom
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There are two main types of amniotic fluid problems during pregnancy: too much and not enough. The most common condition is having low levels of amniotic fluid. Depending on the pregnancy and the week, this can be nothing to be concerned about, or very alarming. Typically, the further along you are in the pregnancy, the more likely you are to have low levels of amniotic fluid. Whether you have high levels or low levels of amniotic fluid, there are some things you can do and some things your doctor can do to help.

Step 1

Prepare yourself for a plethora of tests. Once you are found to have high or low levels of amniotic fluid, you will probably need to have non-stress tests, ultrasounds and biophysical profiles.

Step 2

Perform fetal kick counts twice a day. In the morning and afternoon, sit or lie quietly and count any and all baby movement you feel. You should feel at least 10 movements within two hours, although it will likely take you less time to feel them.

Step 3

Drink plenty of fluid. Fill your body with at least eight glasses of water per day. This will help to increase your amniotic fluid levels.

Step 4

Obtain a prescription for medication that reduces amniotic fluid production. Before 32 weeks, your doctor may want to prescribe this medication if she suspects your high fluid level might be a problem.

Step 5

Ask your doctor if you will need an amnioreduction for fluid levels that are too high. This is similar to an amniocentesis, where a needle is inserted into the uterus and fluid is removed.

About the Author

I graduated from college with a bachelors degree in Music and business. I worked for Principal Financial in the health insurance division for 2 years before having my first child. It was then that I decided I wanted to spend more time at home with family. I began to do freelance web content writing for search engine optimization. Then I began to branch out quite a bit. I have written ezine articles, newsletters, business pamphlets, etc. I also started my own blog: www.VBACAdventure.com. This blog is aimed at helping pregnant women with previous cesareans have subsequent vaginal births. I absolutely love writing and research. It has truly become my passion.