Oligoamnios - What You Have To Know About It
Amniotic fluid cushions and protects the fetus and a low level of this fluid results in a condition termed 'Oligoamnios' or 'Oligohydramnios'
Oligoamnios is known to occur in 1 out of 4,000 births in women.
-Normally self-treatable through diet and lifestyle changes
-Requires fetal ultrasound scans, X-rays, and imaging
-Amniotic fluid infusion is the medical procedure available for ensuring a smooth delivery
Oligohydramnios Sequence or 'Oligoamnios' is known as Potter's syndrome, a medical condition where there are low levels of the amniotic fluid in the sac. Amniotic fluid is critical for the development and delivery of the baby in the womb and in rare cases, may lead to developmental abnormalities when lacking in levels.
- There are various symptoms that may show up like facial and structural abnormalities in the fetus due to Oligoamnios.
- People may experience
- Fetal kidney failure
- Low urine output
- Fetus having difficulty breathing
- Impaired lung development in the fetus
- In extreme cases, low amniotic fluid levels force the pregnancy to be aborted or result in stillbirths and premature births
Self-care: Drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated. Maintaining an active lifestyle and consuming a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and nutrient-rich foods go a long way towards prevention.
Medication: There are no specific OTC drugs for treating this condition
Specialists: There are no specific treatment protocols for low amniotic fluid levels besides amnioinfusion. In this procedure, the fluid is infused into the womb to give cushioning to the baby and reduce the chances of developmental abnormalities. To learn more about this procedure, you can contact Mfine's medical team and get a diagnosis.