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A is for Amniotic Fluid

When you are pregnant your baby is surrounded by a salty fluid which acts as a protecter and shock absorber, helps your baby to maintain its temperature and allows baby to move freely and easily. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Your body will continue to make amniotic fluid throughout your pregnancy and your baby will even drink it. It is very important that you drink plenty of water while pregnant to help with this process. When your baby needs to pee it will pass urine into the fluid which is then passed through the mother’s system and out when she pees. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When your baby is ready to be born, there will be between a litre to a litre and a half of fluid around your baby. This fluid is held in by a membrane around the baby. As the baby gets lower, the head will put pressure on the membranes and as a result letting some of the amniotic fluid out. That’s why sometimes it’s referred to as rupture of membranes (aka waters breaking). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Too little or too much amniotic fluid during pregnancy will require some extra monitoring.

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