Are you excited about the approaching 'big day'? If you feel like you don't know enough about the birth process you might find out some useful facts about amniotic fluid. In fact many women don't know how to react when the 'water breaks'. These guidelines will help you in getting familiarized with this term.
Certainly everyone knows that that yellowish liquid that
surrounds the baby during
pregnancy is called amniotic fluid. However ti seems that less
and less are familiar with is its real importance and role. In fact
at one hand it enhances the movement of the fetus inside the uterus
without having to struggle with the dry walls. On the other hand
after only 10 weeks it becomes filled with both lipids, proteins,
carbohydrates and phospholipids which all reach the baby.
A healthy pregnancy presupposes a normal amniotic fluid level. In fact the amount of this liquid increases as the date of labor approaches. Each phase of the pregnancy necessitates a certain rate for the amniotic fluid, which means that if irregularities are identified it is vital to contact your MD in order to eliminate this risk factor.
Usually after the 9 months pass the future mommies will witness the natural SROM or ‘Spontaneous Rupture of Membranes’. This is when the fluid leaves the body and the labor process really starts. However unfortunately things not always go in textbook style.
That's why there are several cases when the mothers experience a phenomenon called PROM, meaning Premature Rupture of Membrane. This way the amniotic fluid might leak and cause severe damages.
Consequently it is important to be prepared for similar accidents. The main reason why this happens is usually a bacterial infection.
Future-moms who witness this leaking should immediately contact their doctor in order to find the main reason of the problem and take the necessary preventions to aggravate the condition of the fetus.
The consequences aren't always so severe, there are cases when the amniotic sac tears but only in a small amount, than it can recover to its initial state without leading to any health problems.
The liquid loss will then stop naturally after a little time. The normal level should reach 800ml and it will gradually decrease to 600 ml by the time the mother reaches the 40 weeks.
The most common and efficient method to test the amniotic fluid level is ultrasound. More this technique will be able to show how the progress is done and if there are any problems with the volume of the necessary liquid.
However what is the main purpose of this liquid, indeed there are several. Besides the well-known fact that it allows the free movement of your baby and this way also the proper muscle development, undoubtedly it has also a crucial role in the health of the fetus. Amniotic fluids are also responsible for keeping your baby in the proper temperature. If the level is normal the chance for the baby to get cold or too hot is ruled out. This will stabilize the grades, even if your body temperature is extremely high or low.
Moreover it can also have an essential role in the development of the lungs. Babies in the womb inhale and exhale the amniotic fluid, that's why it is important that there shouldn't be any harmful agents in it. The liquid is replaced soon by the fluid the fetus eliminates as the liquid exhaled and urine. That's why it is essential to make sure that you're pregnancy goes normally without any fluctuation in the amniotic fluid amount.