Omega-3 and low levels of amniotic fluid


Amniotic fluid is the liquid that surrounds the fetus in the uterus during pregnancy, and is part of the baby’s life support system: It protects him/her (cushioning sudden movements and keeping a constant temperature), keeps the umbilical cord (that carries food and oxygen from the placenta to the baby) from being squeezed, and aids in the development of bones, muscles, lungs and digestive system. It is first made up of water provided by the mother, but later fetal urine becomes the primary substance, although it also contains nutrients, hormones and antibodies (cells that fight off infection). From the second trimester, the baby breathes and swallows the amniotic fluid.

If the volume of amniotic fluid is too low, it is called oligohydramnios. Oligohydramnios may occur when pregnancy exceeds 41 weeks and in case of ruptured membranes or placental dysfunction, and can cause problems. But, even in these cases, most babies are born healthy.

The treatment for low levels of amniotic fluid depends on the age of the pregnancy: your doctor will take the appropriate measures. Speaking of which, in ha recent study it has been observed a significant increase in the amniotic fluid volume of women with oligohydramnios with no known cause after the intake of omega-3 fatty acids capsules for 4 weeks. Good to know.




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