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October 10th, 2008, 09:38 PM
Brittnic's Avatar Super Mommy
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Well after drowning myself with 100 ounces of water a day the fluid level hasn't gone up- but it hasn't gone down either. I have to have weekly sono's now, when I didn't want any to begin with. The doc said if I dip below 7cm he wants to admit me in the hospital and pump me full of fluids. 5cm is suppose to be the crucial number where they re-hydrate you and monitor the baby. He said it is possible that my fluid maintains itself at 8cm, but now at 34 weeks is when fluid levels start to decline. This is really stressful because no one has any info. I fear that this could lead to the path of early induction and ultimately a c-section. I want a NCB so badly. I just don't know what to do!

I had a sonogram today to make sure my placenta had moved up- and it has. The doctor is the back-up doctor for the birthing center. I wasn't incredibly impressed with him- he wasn't very friendly. Anyways he said I have borderline low amniotic fluid. I measured at 8cm, he said anything below a five and you would be hospitalized and put on IV fluids. I have to go back in a week cause he wants to make sure it doesn't get any lower. The baby looks great and is measuring right where he should be.

Someone told me that tea is a natural diuretic. I have been drinking unsweetened tea like it's going out of style. I wonder if that could have anything to do with it. I am hoping that by drinking only water and increasing my intake I can get my fluid levels up. I DO NOT want to be put in the hospital!

Has anyone had any experience with this or know of any ways I can help get my fluid up?

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October 11th, 2008, 05:25 AM
Husher's Avatar B & E complete me.
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I think it's important to definitely drink lots and lots of water, to rest as much as possible and to avoid caffeine. I don't know much else about this but I'm going to look into it now. I hope the fluids increase for you. *HUGS*

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October 11th, 2008, 08:11 AM
moon~maiden's Avatar Cheryl~ birth truster
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I don't know too much about this at all...I hope you get some good info!! And I hope it's not a big deal, sometimes docs can be dramatic about these things KWIM?
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October 11th, 2008, 07:23 PM
Brittnic's Avatar Super Mommy
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I had horrible dreams last night that my poor baby couldn't move because there was no fluid. I've been downing water all day- and I've noticed what goes in isn't all coming out. Maybe I have been dehydrated and just didn't know it. This is very frustrating- I hope my little man is alright.

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October 12th, 2008, 05:31 AM
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Hope the fluid levels go up for you!
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October 12th, 2008, 07:25 AM
DoulaMama's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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drinking lots of water, limiting your salt and limiting caffine are really helpful. Resting- especially if you haven't been, can also be benificial.

make sure you avoid too much juice or teas- you're right- they can be diaretics.
Cheryl, mama to Noah Paul born 12/26/09, wife to wonderful hubby Rob
I am proudly a homebirthing, excluively breastfeeding from the tap, constantly babywearing, bed sharing, attached mama to a high needs baby. He is a part time diaper-free baby!

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