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What do I need to know when caring for someone with oligohydramnios?

If someone you know has low levels of amniotic fluid during pregnancy, or oligohydramnios, you can help them by encouraging them to drink plenty of fluids to re-hydrate themselves. You can also help by encouraging them to eat a healthy diet, to make sure that their placenta is providing the fetus with enough nutrients. If the doctor has advised bed rest, make sure you both know what that entails; restrictions on activities vary. You may be asked to do tasks to help out, and you may need to make sure the woman follows her doctor's instructions. Other than that, it is important that they check in with their doctor frequently to help monitor their health and the health of the fetus, in order to determine if they need further treatment or induced labor. If someone's oligohydramnios is caused by a premature tear in the amniotic sac, which can be characterized by a discharge of leaking amniotic fluid, it is important to advise them against activities that can cause bacteria to enter the vagina, including sex.

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