Oligohydramnios (or low amniotic fluid levels) can occur during gastroschisis pregnancy. This is usually detected during a Biophysical Profile (or BPP) and is measured by the Amniotic Fluid Index (or AFI). Low fluid is a concern because of an increased risk of miscarriage or stillbirth, compression of fetal organs, impact of lung development, growth restriction, preterm birth, cesarean delivery, and more. Depending on how low the amniotic fluid levels are, your doctor may recommend rest and a repeat ultrasound, maternal rehydration from oral liquids, amnioinfusion (insertion of extra fluid directly into the amntioc sac), hospitalization, or emergency delivery. Gestational age will play a large factor in the doctor’s decision.9

9. http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/lowamnioticfluidoligohydramnios.htm