by laura (5139 Posts), Thu Nov 20, 2003 10:40 pm
Hi Nichole, I'm so glad you found us. And I'm so very sorry about the loss of Hunter. It's true, low fluid, also called oligohydramnios, is often associated with hypertension and preeclampsia.
When the mom's blood pressure is too high, it interferes with the flow of oxygen and nutrients of the baby- high pressure in the mom can lead to low pressure in the baby. The baby isn't getting all the oxygen he or she needs, and they quit peeing, and the amniotic fluid drops. Also, the baby 'floats' in the amniotic fluid, so when the fluid is gone, the baby can sit on it's cord, causing cord accidents.
I had low fluid starting pretty early with my second pregnancy, and it's very disturbing. Once we knew about it, though, I had frequent ultrasounds to monitor my levels. When my levels dropped too low, I delivered my baby. I suspect that I also had low fluid with my first, but my first hospital didn't really do a good job of measuring amniotic fluid in my ultrasounds so I don't know for sure. After my water broke, though, nothing really came out, either. Did you do many ultrasounds or non-stress tests with either of your pregnancies?
I think that it's very good that Eleighsa was induced when she was, I'm so glad she's healthy!
I was also anemic with my first pregnancy, and the doctor said something to the effect that anemia was common in pregnant women because of changes to red blood cells during pregnancy- could one of our medical mavens help me out here? I'm not sure it had too much to do with preeclampsia.
At any rate, welcome, I'm glad you're here!
Allie 5-13-98 (35 weeks-pre-e)
Baby Camille 4-17-03 (36 weeks- htn and oligo)