The Amniotic fluid is that liquid asset that cushion your baby against all kinds of external shocks, irritable movements as propelled by the mothers unaware so that the baby stayed protected. The same fluid bursts to signal the beginning of labor. But this fluid does more than that. Read the article below for more of the benefits of this fluid and their attendant effects as well on the fetus.
Amniotic fluid: It’s at once mundane and poetic, a humble liquid that protects and nourishes your baby. It also helps maintain a constant temperature; promotes growth and development of the fetus’s lungs, gastrointestinal system, muscles and bones; and prevents compression of the umbilical cord. Some studies even suggest that it transmits odors and flavors from your diet, helping to influence your baby’s future taste preferences.
After 16 weeks, when the fetus begins swallowing the fluid, it consists partly of recycled urine. The volume increases from about a cup in the first trimester to four cups by the third trimester, then decreases to about three cups at term, says Jeanne A. Conry, M.D., Ph.D., an OB-GYN at Kaiser Permanente in Roseville, Calif.
“Amniotic fluid [levels] can be a reflection of the health of the pregnancy,” Conry says. Clues that there is either too much or too little include decreased fetal movement and a too-large or too-small belly; actual levels can be determined via ultrasound.
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