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Old 01-23-2011, 07:46 PM   #1
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too little amniotic fluid?

At our ultrasound they said that i had a low/normal amniotic fluid level. I didn't realize how much of a problem this could be and so didn't pay much attention but I've been reading about it and it kind of worries me!
I am terrible about drinking water adn so I'm assuming this is the problem?
Has anybody else had this problem?
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:41 PM   #2
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Re: too little amniotic fluid?

definately drinking water can help.
I was AWFUL... absolutely awful about it the first time around. I'm still not great about it this time, but I have an irritable uterus/BHC a lot, so I try to stay on it.
Adding flavoring helps a lot, or occasionally juice. (I like to buy the bolthouse farms/odwalla smoothies.) I add Liquid Stevia flavoured drops...they come in flavors like vanilla cream, valencia orange, lemon, and choco raspberry-- and it's super good for you! Unlike regular sugar, Stevia helps boost your immune system and is actually good for blood sugar levels (diabetics can have this w/out issue) so I don't feel bad drinking it, and get a little flavor/sweetness.
It's not something to mess w/mama, you REALLY need to try and keep yoru fluid levels up. My midwife told me a trick: Stick your toungue outl if you see ridges where your teeth were on your tongue, it apparently means your dehydrated!
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:16 PM   #3
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Re: too little amniotic fluid?

Yep, what Chelsea said. You NEED to be drinking lots of water. I had severe oligo with my first (but not until 37 weeks). I held off delivering until 40 weeks but it was not fun. Oligo is not always caused by being dehydrated though so I'm sure you doctor will keep an eye on it with you. With that said, drinking a ton really can help. Do your best, it is good for baby and you!
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Re: too little amniotic fluid?



Stay as hydrated as you can. Jello is a great way to get liquids in, as are smoothies and icees. The more you take in, the more your body has to use for your fluid. My 16modd was induced when she was 37 weeks because of only 2% fluid, and she still has some lasting effects from that in utero experience. You do NOT want that to happen, so stay on top of it if you can. Its annoying because you end up living in the potty, more than usual for preggies, but oh so worth it in the end.

I wouldnt worry too much yet--low/normal is still normal... just be watchful.
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What they said!

I HATE drinking plain water, so I either add a Crystal Lite To Go packet (skip the off brand - blech) or a slice of lemon. That is the ONLY way I can tolerate it and I drink a TON more if I do it this way!
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Thanks for the tips ladies. I hate drinking tons of water. I will have to try the things you all suggested. :P
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I usually love to drink water, but the taste (or rather non-taste) of it is just disgusting to me right now. I have a 32 oz water bottle and I play a little game with myself. I know that I need 64 oz or more water every day, so I try to drink 2 bottles full as early in the day as possible. (Sometimes I even chug it) Then for the rest of the day, as my reward, I let myself drink whatever I want! Well, not just anything, but juice, lemonade, and chocolate milk are usually what I drink and I will let myself have a fountain Coke once every week or two. And I make sure to drink one more glass of water with dinner. It has really helped me to keep track of how much water I drink and it makes it not seem like such a chore.
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:07 PM   #8
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Water is tough for me too, but I do drink it. I also eat a lot of soup or drink broth just to get the fluids in. Take care!
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