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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nearly 10 percent of pregnant women are diagnosed with low fluid levels at some point during pregnancy.
Low amniotic fluid could indicate a fetal defect or problems with the kidneys.