No amniotic Fluid/cysts on the kidneys? Darby + Knox 33 kids; Iowa 1168 posts
Oct 10th '08

Okay so yesterday we had our u/s. Today, we got to talk to my doctor and well everything does not look good at this point. The baby has absoulutly no amniotic fluid surrounding it. What this means, she didnt tell me besides that it wasnt good. Also, they found what they thought were cysts on the kidneys which could be the problem of having no fluid becasue the kidney are not working. But they said that is not a for sure thing. We go in Monday afternoon to the specialist in Spokane, Washington. Have you guys either experienced something closely related to this, or ever heard of it?? Thank you and anything will help.

Seeya. Illinois 33868 posts
Oct 10th '08

I was low in fluid around 16 weeks and they put me on bed rest and to drink lots and lots and lots of fluids.

user banned 3 kids; Florence, South Carolina 39499 posts
Oct 10th '08

I'm so sorry you're going through that. I haven't had that problem - i have the opposite problem. too much fluid.

I hope your appointment goes well, i've heard that they can do an infusion of fluid i guess through amniocentesis and that helps sometimes. i wish you luck.

BaHoward 37 kids; Springfield, Oregon 1022 posts
Oct 10th '08

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BaHoward 37 kids; Springfield, Oregon 1022 posts
Oct 10th '08

The consequences for your baby depend on what's causing the problem, how far along you are, and how little fluid you have. Oligohydramnios is most commonly diagnosed later in the third trimester, when it usually requires nothing more than keeping a close watch on things.

If you develop low amniotic fluid in the second half of pregnancy, the main concern is that it can restrict your baby's lungs growing. You may need to have your baby's heart rate monitored regularly and ultrasound scans to closely watch your baby's development until you deliver. Your baby is also at risk if you go into premature labour. However, if your doctor is concerned about your baby's growth, it may be safer for your baby to be delivered early, than to remain in the womb. When born your baby may have dry leathery skin. Your baby may also be at risk of having a squashed looking face and having talipes, also known as 'club foot', because of being compressed in your womb. Often, babies present in the breech position because they do not have enough fluid to help them to turn into the correct head down position during the pregnancy.

If you are near your due date and your doctor thinks your baby's growth is poor, she may decide to induce labour. Low fluid often raises worries about complications during labour. The main concern is that there is not enough fluid to protect the umbilical cord from being compressed accidentally by the baby. This could lead to the baby being distressed and the doctor may recommend a caesarean delivery. However, many studies have found that there is no increased risk of either fetal distress or caesarean delivery amongst babies born around their due date, with little fluid, compared to those with a normal level of fluid.

BaHoward 37 kids; Springfield, Oregon 1022 posts
Oct 10th '08

Experts don't always know what causes low amniotic fluid. Oligohydramnios is more commonly identified in summer months so may be due to maternal dehydration. It has been found that drinking plenty of water will boost levels of amniotic fluid so it would be worthwhile keeping your liquid intake up. You'll also want to take care to eat well and rest.

There are other causes of oligohydramnios, each of which requires its own treatment. Here are some of the most common causes and how they're managed:

Leaky or ruptured membranes
You may have a small tear in the membranes, allowing amniotic fluid to leak out. This can happen at any point in your pregnancy although it's more common as you approach your due date. You may notice the leaking fluid yourself if you find that your underwear is wet, or your doctor or midwife may discover it during an examination. Ruptured membranes can increase the risk of infection for both you and your baby because it provides a way for bacteria to enter the uterus. Occasionally, a tear will heal on its own, the leaking will stop, and the fluid will return to normal. (This is usually the case if the leaking happens after an amniocentesis.) Otherwise, your doctor will need to monitor for signs of infection for the rest of your pregnancy. As long as there are no signs of infection and all is well, you'll be able to continue with your pregnancy as normal.

Placenta problems
You may have a problem with your placenta that keeps it from supplying enough blood and nutrients to the baby. Small babies produce small amounts of urine and hence low levels of fluid.

Fetal abnormalities
If you're found to have low amniotic fluid in your first or second trimester, it may mean that the baby is not able to produce enough urine to keep the level of amniotic fluid up. This may be because he has an abnormality (Vanderheyden et al 2003). Abnormalities that can lead to oligohydramnios include:

Darby + Knox 33 kids; Iowa 1168 posts
Oct 10th '08

Thank you everyone

Lakshmi1111 Florida 1 posts
Jan 20th '12

Hello Darby,
My sister was told the same thing today during her 18th week U/S that there isn't much amniotic fluid and there might be a cyst on the left kidney. We were told to go for a MRI and right now waiting for an appointment. What was your experience after your doctor told you about the low amniotic fluid/cyst in the kidney.

Kaitlyn-RIP baby Jordyn & 32 kids; Pasadena, Maryland 455 posts
Jan 20th '12

In 2009, my baby had a heart defect in which the left side was not pumping at all. It caused the kidneys and everything else to slow down so there was very little amniotic fluid. Of course the outcome was not good.

I wish you the best! I know what its like to get terrible news like that and you have to wait for testing. Praying for you and your LO that it is nothing serious!