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January 16th, 2010, 03:31 PM
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I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and started having weekly AFI's & NST's last week. Last week my AFI was 12....normal as far as I know. Yesterday it was 9.29. I know it can fluctuate (at least from what I read), but its lower, which concerns me and from what I read (I know, reading internet stuff can be dangerous) anything less than 8 is a concern. Do I have reason to be concerned at this point?

I have these tests done at the hospital and then they send the results to my doctors office, so I had no immediate feedback yesterday. I'm assuming that if it were of concern I would have gotten a call, regardless. I have a regular appointment with my OB on Monday, but am stressing about the AFI now over the weekend.

Anyone have any experience with this?
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January 16th, 2010, 09:59 PM
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Under 8 may be concerning, but they don't really stress until you hit 5 or so. Under 3 is a big deal. There are things they can do when it gets really low, like put artificial fluid in. One of our members a few months ago was hospitalized at 23ish weeks because she hit 3, and they weren't confident - her AFI recovered, and her daughter was born healthy at full term. I'm not at a doctor but I honestly would not be worried yet. If you want, you can drink lots and lots of water, that can help. But I would not worry right now, and you can ask your doctor when you see him.
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January 16th, 2010, 10:15 PM
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I would imagine that if they were concerned, you'd have heard from them by now?
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January 17th, 2010, 12:48 AM
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Drink, drink, drink. I had a low AFI with my dd. I went in for a perinatal check up and possible amnio and they were unable to do the amnio due to my having an AFI of 7. I was told at under 5 they would induce. I made sure I drank tons of fluids and my AFI increased from 7 to 11 within 2 days.
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January 17th, 2010, 08:09 AM
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Thanks ladies, that makes me feel better. I will load up on the water (been trying too anyway, but I guess not enough) and will just ask my doctor about it tomorrow to ease my mind.
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January 18th, 2010, 09:45 AM
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Well, I received a call from my doctor's office this morning that they want my ultrasound repeated because of the low amniotic fluid levels. So, I continue to remain concerned. At 18w5d we were told that the baby's one kidney was enlarged. We monitored it and it corrected itself (which we were told would probably happen). Now they want to check the baby's kidneys again with this ultrasound tonight (they were measuring fine on Friday's ultrasound).
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January 19th, 2010, 02:06 PM
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I'm sending lots of T&P for your u/s! I'm sure they're just double checking and being thorough and on top of things - which is good! And keep drinking that water Mama! But try to remember that your past 35 week - which is great with any high risk pregnancy....if you had to do a c-section or induction now baby would be ok. My son was born at 36 weeks. Again, your doctor's seem to be on top of watching out for your little one. Big HUGS! I know it's super scary. T&P for your u/s!!
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January 19th, 2010, 06:08 PM
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Thanks alethia!!

All turned out well at the u/s - AFI was 12 again.

There was a slight problem with one of the baby's kidney's being enlarged, so I need to discuss that with the doctor as well.
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