Could I Have Low Amniotic Fluid and IUGR Again?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am 35 years old and thinking about having my third child. However, I had to be induced with my youngest (19 months) due to low fluid and IUGR. He was about 3 ½ weeks early. I was almost 2 weeks late with my first child.

I was wondering if there is a chance that the low fluid and IUGR could occur again. There was no known cause. Would it be a high risk pregnancy?

ANSWER

It sounds like you may have had a problem with your placenta last time, and there is no reason to think you would again. It's possible, but not likely.

Good luck!
-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.