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    Default Great blog post on low amniotic fluid/no reason for induction

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    TFS! I've never understood the low fluid = induction. When I had low fluid my first pregnancy, my OB did NOT want to induce because of the possibility of cord compression. I ended up with a c-section because I also had an unexplained rise in BP and the combination pointed to placental failure.
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    I'm disappointed that she didn't mention two points that are important for a mama facing a "diagnosis" of low amniotic fluid. First, that extremely low amniotic fluid *can* be indicative of placental failure and should be taken very seriously; I get the feeling that her problem was more with the technique of using U/S rather than palpation, but I'm not sure. And second, that amniotic fluid isn't a definitive measure, it comes & goes as baby pees, so any "diagnosis" of low amniotic fluid, whether by U/S or palpation, should be followed up with another measurement after mama has some fluids & mild exercise such as walking.

    Other than that, I think it was a very well-written & informative article.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    I'm disappointed that she didn't mention two points that are important for a mama facing a "diagnosis" of low amniotic fluid. First, that extremely low amniotic fluid *can* be indicative of placental failure and should be taken very seriously; I get the feeling that her problem was more with the technique of using U/S rather than palpation, but I'm not sure. And second, that amniotic fluid isn't a definitive measure, it comes & goes as baby pees, so any "diagnosis" of low amniotic fluid, whether by U/S or palpation, should be followed up with another measurement after mama has some fluids & mild exercise such as walking.

    Other than that, I think it was a very well-written & informative article.
    Agreed on all points. But having just been told by my aunt who works for a "highly sought after" OB in another state that after 40 weeks "your amniotic fluid just evaporates"...well. I'm glad articles like this are out there!
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    One of the reasons I love my OB. He does the tummy palpation and tells me each week that it feels like baby has plenty of fluid.
    He is also happy to let me go to 42 weeks before an induction unless there is a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cactuswren View Post
    Agreed on all points. But having just been told by my aunt who works for a "highly sought after" OB in another state that after 40 weeks "your amniotic fluid just evaporates"...well. I'm glad articles like this are out there!
    evaporates, huh?

    The author posted a related study on her blog http://www.glorialemay.com/blog/?p=306 with her own comments about how dangerously low fluid can be accurately assessed by palpation and extensive use of BPP tests is leading to too many unnecessary inductions for "low fluid." I think she means to take issue with the accuacy of fluid levels as checked by ultrasound, not with low fluid as an indication for induction, if the fluid actually is low, but Stacey is right that she wasn't totally clear about that in the original post.
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    I was told the low fluid thing is a problem b/c of it's effect on the placenta, which the baby does need to survive in utero. When I had Zoe at 41 weeks, I was told that the placenta was "beginning" to deteriorate (not sure if that was the exact word used), but everything was still okay. I took that to mean that she would have been healthy if I had chosen to wait a few more days, perhaps even a week.

    I am not at all surprised by the 2 reasons she gave for why the BPP is used so often---#1 is a sickening reality when you are dealing with privatized health care and I find it too often is the "reason" things are done or not done. Reason #2 I can understand--if I were a doctor or MW I would be hesitant to do anything that even had the slightest chance of putting baby's life at risk, not b/c of getting used as much as just having that on my conscience.
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    Thanks for posting this. My personal experience with a BPP was that I was scared to death of what they would find wrong with my baby. It was very worrisome to me that my baby had barely "passed" his NST that morning, right at the end, and then also refused to move while under the US, until right at the very end he squirmed a bit and they said, Ok, we'll count that. That's not very scientific to be making big important decisions such as induction off of. I had been feeling my baby move regularly. It was just while "under pressure" that he was sleeping.

    Do you think you would lose a significant amount of weight if your amniotic fluid was low, such as a 1-2 lb difference over a week for instance?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rainymama View Post
    Do you think you would lose a significant amount of weight if your amniotic fluid was low, such as a 1-2 lb difference over a week for instance?
    I don't think that would be a good indication. When you think a gallon of water weighs 8.35 pounds (how the hell do I remember that from junior high?) and you've got maybe a quart of amniotic fluid at normal levels, that's only about 2 pounds of amniotic fluid to begin with. And most women are gaining weight at this point in pregnancy just from baby and/or breasts getting bigger, so that might offset any loss from lower amniotic fluid.
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    That makes sense to me. When my mom was pg with my sister 35 years ago she was at 42 weeks or almost, and she had lost 2 lbs, and her doctor told her she had no fluid left based only on the weight loss. There was no BPP then. So they did a Stress Test with pitocin which induced labor.
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