Amniotic fluid in pregnancy provides nutrients for the developing fetus. It also provides an environment for the fetus to grow in a healthy and safe way in the mother's womb. Too little amniotic fluid, called oligohydramnios can lead to abnormalities in and poor development of the fetus. Ingestion of oral rehydration salts dissolved in water, administration of intravenous fluids or even drinking green coconut water help correct such body fluid imbalance.
Amniotic fluid is a clear, slightly yellow fluid that protects the newborn from shocks and it serves as buffer to temperature changes inside the womb. The baby actually breathes and exhales on it, and therefore contains cells shed from the fetus. Its amount cannot be increased by any means.