Question: I had 10 to 11 afi at 26 weeks. Now it is 20 to 21 at 30 weeks. Is this increase normal?
Answer: Hello! No, this is not normal . You have excess of amniotic fluid which is known as polyhydramnios.In most cases, polyhydramnios or excess amniotic fluid is harmless, but it does have the potential to cause serious pregnancy complications. But in severe cases, there are certain risks, including:
Excess fetal growth
Placental abruption (the placenta detaching from the wall of the uterus before you give birth)
Umbilical cord prolapse (the cord falling out of the vagina before the baby)
In such case try to take rest as much as possible.
If you feel breathless:
try and avoid climbing stairs as much as possible
do household chores in small bursts, and take your time
if help is offered, accept it, and get plenty of rest
It may be that you have heartburn because your uterus is pushing against your stomach. To ease this:
eat small amounts regularly
try not to lie down straight after a meal
don't eat just before going to bed
don't eat or drink anything which makes your heartburn worse, such as spicy food
try to sleep propped up in bed
ask your doctor for an antacid prescription
Polyhydramnios will probably make you feel anxious. It may also make you feel on the large side. But there are ways to lessen your anxiety:
Gather as much information as you can, as early as you can, at your antenatal classes.
Find enjoyable distractions. If you're too self-conscious about your size to go out, invite friends over, or catch up on DVDs.
If you have polyhydramnios and notice new symptoms, or if your existing symptoms become worse, call your doctor or go to your nearest hospital immediately.
Question: Afi level is 10 at 36 weeks pregnant it is normal
Answer: The normal range for amniotic fluid volumes varies with gestational age. Typical values include:
AFI between 8-18 cm is considered normal; median AFI level is ~14 cm from week 20 to week 35, after which the amniotic fluid volume begins to reduce
1. AFI <5 cm is considered as oligohydramnios.
2. value changes with age: the 5thpercentile for gestational ages is most often taken as the cutoff value, and this around an AFI of 7 cm for second and third trimester pregnancies; and AFI of 5 cm is two standard deviations from the meanAFI >20-24 cm is considered as polyhydramnios
Question: Hi.. my AFI level in 6th month of pregnancy is 11 cm.. is it normal?
Answer: Yes it is normal but you can still increase the amniotic fluid by drinking plenty of water. The normal range is 8 - 18cm