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Amniotic Fluid Increased by Homoeopathy



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A woman having her first child shows a low amniotic fluid index. After homeopathic treatment, normal levels were found to be restored.

Mrs S.L

Age – 18 Yrs

Sex – Female

Date – 04/12/2011

History –

She came with a history of 33 weeks ANC primigravida.

LMP – 04/02/2010

Her EDD was – 07/01/12.

USG – Obstetrics ( 03/12/2011)

Amniotic Fluid Index (AFI) 5.3, ( Normal is 8-18 )

The rest was normal

O/E – Fetal movement normal

No edema over feet / face.

Generalities:-

Appetite – Normal

Desires – Salty, Sour, Apples

Aversion – Sweet, Milk

Perspiration – Face

Sleep – Normal

Dreams – Unremembered

Past History – Typhoid

Thermals – Hot

Mental Generals –

Cowardice

Anger – indisposed to talk

Nervous Temperament

Cannot express herself.

Remedy –Lycopodium 200 2 doses stat.

Advised to take protein rich diet and plenty of water.

Follow up:

09/12/2011:- REVIEW USG OBSTETRICS (08/12/2011)

AFI – 10.8

Remedy – S.L

28/12/2011:- USG Obstetrics (19/12/2011)

AFI – 11.6

Remedy – Carcinocin 200 2 doses. (Anti – miasmatic).

05/01/2012: Full term ANC.

Fetal Movements Normal

Lumbar pain since 2 days.

Remedy –Caulophyllum 30 TDS

Follow up with Obstetrician for further assessment and management.

Patient underwent FTND on 15/01/2012 and delivered a healthy female baby.

USG KUB of Baby: ( 16/01/2012 )

Impression – Normal Study

Scanned copies of all USG Reports are attached below serially

USG After 5 days of treatment

Documents below:

USG After 15 days of treatment

Comments: - This was a case of 33 weeks ANC and all other modern faculty doctors were insisting on the patient having elective induction of labor and SOS LSCS delivery as her AFI was 5.3. However homoeopathy had the ability to increase AFI as early as possible. 2 doses of Lycopodium were given at intervals of one hour.

Follow up intercurrent was anti miasmatic: Carcinocin 200 2 doses. It was given for removal of any miasmatic blocks in the baby.

After delivery USG of Baby was done to confirm for any congenital Anomaly in the baby.

Oligohydramnios and Homoeopathy

Definition:-Oligohydramnios is a condition in which there is not enough amniotic fluid surrounding and cushioning the baby. It usually develops in the latter part of the third trimester.

Incidence:-About 8 percent of pregnant women will experience low amniotic fluid levels, although only 4 percent will be diagnosed with Oligohydramnios. Women are at increased risk for the condition if they go past their due date as amniotic fluid levels decrease by nearly 50 percent after week 42. It causes complications in 12 percent of pregnant women past week 41

Amniotic fluid:-Amniotic fluid is to be found in the amniotic cavity. It completely surrounds the embryo after the 4th week of pregnancy. The amniotic fluid is a clear, watery fluid that is filtered out of the maternal blood via the amniotic epithelium into the amniotic cavity. The makeup of the amniotic fluid is thus quite complex, with many maternal and fetal constituents. The main constituents are water and electrolytes (99%) together with glucose, lipids from the fetal lungs, proteins with bactericide properties and flaked-off fetal epithelium cells.

Amniotic fluid physiology:-Adequate amniotic fluid volume is maintained by a balance of fetal fluid production (lung liquid and urine) and resorption (swallowing and intramembranous flow). Even though different hypotheses have been advanced on the mechanisms regulating this turnover, the inflow and outflow mechanism that keeps amniotic fluid volume within the normal range is not entirely clear. Regulatory mechanisms act at three levels: placental control of water and solute transfer; regulation of inflows and outflows from the fetus; and, maternal effect on fetal fluid balance. Amniotic fluid is 98-99% water.

About 4 liters of water accumulate within intrauterine compartments during the 40-week period of human gestation, with 2800 ml in the fetus, 400 ml in the placenta, and 800 ml in the amniotic fluid. At the beginning of pregnancy, amniotic fluid volume (AFV) is a multiple of fetal volume. The two volumes become equal soon after the 20th week, but by the 30th week AVF is about half the fetal volume and at term it is about a quarter of fetal volume. In the last trimester, near term, there are net increases of about 30 to 40 ml per day.

Regulatory mechanisms act at three levels:

– Placental control of water and solute transfer.

– Regulation of inflows and outflows from the fetus: fetal urine flow and composition are modulated by arginine, vasopressin, aldosterone, angiotensin II, and atrial natriuretic peptide, in much the same way as they in adults. The mechanisms regulating fetal swallowing are less known.

– Maternal effect on fetal fluid balance: there is a strong relationship between maternal plasma volume expansion during pregnancy and AVF, so that subnormal plasma volume expansion is associated with Oligohydramnios and elevated plasma volume with hydramnios. Kilpatrick et al. (11) reported that ingestion of 2 liters of water in women with a low amniotic fluid index (AFI) resulted in a significant 31% AFI increase.

Causes of Oligohydramnios:-

Ruptures:-A slight tear or rupture in the amniotic sac can cause a gush of fluid or a slow trickle. Premature rupture of the membranes (PROM), where the sac breaks after week 37 but before labor starts, can also result in low amniotic fluid levels.

Mothers Health:-If the mother develops health complications during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes, pregnancy induced hypertension, Intra-uterine infection and preeclampsia; these can all be possible factors. Any pre-pregnancy conditions, such as diabetes can also be a cause. This is why, when preparing for pregnancy, any existing health concerns are addressed and properly managed.

Medications:-Certain medications, such as those used in the treatment of high blood pressure, can cause Oligohydramnios. Ideally it would be better to work with your doctor to ensure that blood pressure in under control before becoming pregnant.

Placental Issues:-If the placenta is not functioning correctly, the baby is not supplied with enough nutrients and it may stop recycling fluid. A slight placental abruption, where the placenta peels away from the uterus could cause this to happen.

Birth Defects:-Birth defects which cause problems with the baby’s kidneys or urinary tract can lead to a reduction in urine production. Fetus urine is important for keeping amniotic fluid at the correct level.

Over-Due:- If the pregnancy goes 2 weeks or more past its due date, amniotic fluid levels can sharply decline.

Complications:-

If it happens in the first 2 trimesters it can result in:

1. Miscarriage: Baby dies in the womb before week 20.
2. Stillbirth: Baby dies in the womb after week 20.
3. Premature Birth: Premature labor happens before the baby has completed week 37 of development.
4. Birth Defects: Primarily kidney or urinary tract problems. It can also cause compression of other organs so that they do not develop properly.

If it happens in the third trimester it can result in:

1. The fetus to grow at a slower rate: Intrauterine growth restriction.
2. Umbilical cord restrictions: If it is squeezed this means the baby does not receive enough nutrients or oxygen. It can result in decreased fetal activity and in some cases the heart rate can drop.
3. Delivery: Greater chance that a C-section delivery will be necessary.

Prognosis:-

The earlier in pregnancy that Oligohydramnios occurs, the poorer the outlook. Fetal mortality rates have been reported as high as 80 to 90 percent when Oligohydramnios happens in the second trimester of pregnancy. Most deaths are the result of severe birth defects (congenital malformations). The prognosis for cases in the third trimester is very positive and most mothers, whose cases are properly managed, go on to deliver healthy normal babies.

Homoeopathic management:- It depends on the cause of diseases. Homoeopathic constitutional remedy act centrally on human vital system and make changes in the osmotic pressure by reducing maternal plasma osmolality and sodium concentration, resulting in an osmotically driven maternal to fetal water flux. Increased placental blood flow volume, fetal urine output, and possibly decreased reabsorption of amniotic fluid via swallowing or intramembranous flow increases the amniotic fluid volume

Intrauterine Growth retardation -Refer to Obstetrician for further assessment and management

Posterior urethral valves or bilateral pelviurethral junction obstruction -Refer to Obstetrician for further assessment and management

Fetal polycystic kidney diseases / Multicystic dysplastic kidney disease -Start Homoeopathic treatment under supervision of Obstetrician if no any other congenital anomaly detected by ultrasonographically.

No cause detected -Start Homoeopathic treatment under supervision of Obstetrician.

Monitoring of fetal movements and fetal heart beat is very important in treating a patient of Oligohydramnios.

Follow up –

Review after 1 week – Improvement – Continue treatment.

No Improvement – Refer to Obstetrician for further assessment and management.

Sanjay Padole

Dr. Sanjay Gavaji Padole M.D "“ graduated from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University and Shri Bhagwan Homoeopathic medical college, Aurangabad. He worked as Resident medical officer at Seth Nandlal Dhoot Hospital Aurangabad and trained at Homoeopathic Education And Research Institute, Dr Kishor Mehta. Vileparle, Mumbai. Since 2003 he"™s has had his own clinic at Mit hospital Cidco, n-4, Aurangabad,Maharashtra, India. His special interests include Indian mythology.

Comments

  1. Sacheen B Khirid

    dr sacheen khirid

    August 17, 2012

    a superb article, very well written & most importantly i like the way Dr S Padole has given clear guidelines of how long to wait & what all to watch out in cases like this.
    cases like this with scientific guidelines will go a long way in helping the neophytes especially answering their queries on the scope of Homeopathy
    Congrats to Dr Padole & team Hpathy for a good write up

  2. Avatar of butterblu

    butterblu

    August 17, 2012

    This is an unusual case in affecting a specific criteria….but doing it holistically. We could never explain such results to an allopath.

  3. naba kishore mahapatra

    Dr.Naba Kishore Mahapatra

    August 20, 2012

    Thank you Dr.Padole for this AFI information with homeo treatment.What can be done if one has both diabetes and hypertension before pregnancy?

  4. Dr. meenakshi Ambwani

    August 21, 2012

    It is a remarkable work done by you doctor. This will go a long way in helping other homeopaths by expanding their knowledge in these cases .

  5. ganesan123

    ganesan.m

    November 2, 2012

    Sir,
    I had met this low level of Amniotic Fluid in my second daughter’s delivery some 15 years back. We went hospital for check up as there was no sign of delivery pain at all. Dr.said that no pain will commence since low level of amniotic fluid condition.I brought my daughter to home and searched through repertory and materia medica and as specific, I found under NAT_M. I remember that Igave three doses of nat_m 30 one afternoon and pain began at about 7 p.m. and my daughter was admitted and she gave birth male child with normal delivery.
    ganesan.m

    • Avatar of Firuzi Mehta

      Firuzi Mehta

      November 4, 2012

      Dear Mr. Ganesan,
      can you please show us the exact rubrics you found or which Materia Medica you found it in? Thanks!

      Firuzi Mehta

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