How To Increase Amniotic Fluid
Oligohydramnios or abnormally small amount of amniotic fluid around the fetus is a condition which needs attention as it could indicate many underlying complications including impaired fetal renal function. Oligohydramnios is observed in almost 5-8 percent of all pregnancies and needs proper medical attention for a safe and sound pregnancy and birth. It is important to discuss with your health care provider how to increase amniotic fluid, if you are diagnosed with low level of amniotic fluid.
What is amniotic fluid?
Amniotic fluid commonly known as a pregnant woman’s water is the protective colorless fluid present in the amniotic sac of an expecting woman. This fluid surrounds the fetus and consists of vital electrolytes, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, lipids, taurine, glutamine, lactate, pyruvate, enzymes, hormones all of which is essential for proper development and wellbeing of the unborn baby. Amniotic fluid also contains fetal urine, tissue and secretions from the placenta and fetus lungs, nose mouth and throat.
Why is amniotic fluid important?
Amniotic fluid is of immense importance for both the mother and the baby. Some of the various functions it offers are:
- Amniotic fluid protects and cushions the fetus from external stresses.
- Amniotic fluid allows the fetus to easily move.
- Amniotic fluid promotes the skeletal development of the fetus.
- Amniotic fluid maintains an ideal constant temperature for the fetus.
- Amniotic fluid also aids in distributing pressure from uterine contractions evenly over the fetus.
- Amniotic fluid has bacteriostatic properties which protects the fetus from various infections.
- Amniotic fluid protects the umbilical cord from compressing.
- Amniotic fluid lubricates the fetal skin.