Amniotic Fluid Level Dropped After Amnio

Two weeks after an amnio, my amniotic fluid level dropped. The diagnosis was a leak in the amniotic sac, which has since healed. However, a week after discharge from the hospital the level was still low. The baby appears to be developing well. What does a low fluid level indicate and can it harm the baby's development? Is it indicative of another problem that the doctors might be missing?

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It is hard to comment specifically without knowing how far along you are, but in general low amniotic fluid volume isn't necessarily the result of leaking, even after amniocentesis.

Sometimes a very low level may cause fetal developmental problems such as musculoskeletal problems because the fetus is unable to move around enough. I would recommend that you seek the care of a perinatologist (an OB/GYN specializing in the care of complications of pregnancy).

This may all resolve itself soon, and ultrasounds should continue to be done to rule out structural problems and keep a check on fluid levels. Some kidney and urinary tract anomalies have been associated with abnormal fluid volumes, but if that is not the case, I would not be overly concerned.

About a cup of fluid is produced every hour in pregnancy, so these levels should come up soon. However, it might be a good idea to seek a second opinion.

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