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August 26th, 2013, 06:14 PM
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It may only add to the questions, but here's a good summary of the current research on AFI and its variations:

Amniotic Fluid Volume: too much, too little, or who knows? | MidwifeThinking

Effect of 1 week of oral hydration on the amnio... [J Reprod Med. 2003] - PubMed - NCBI

I was induced for low AFI (4 at my ob visit, and less than 1 when I went in to consider the induction), but for me, I'm not sure it was necessary. However, that was at full term with a well-growing baby.

I also read another article (primary research) that showed that measurement of AFI could vary by a few cm depending on the technician who took the reading and position of the baby. So, a different baby position PLUS difference in hydration could account for a 4 cm difference reading.

Regardless, that's still a low AFI for someone who isn't about to give birth. Since hydration alone can increase AFI by 3 cm, I would hydrate like CRAZY everyday. Good luck!
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