Amniotic Fluid Index and Its Relationship with Poor Apgar Score in Term Pregnancy

Amniotic Fluid Index in Term Pregnancy


  • Sehrish Awan Department of Gynae & Obs, Pak Medical Centre Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Shahista Tabasum Department Gynae & Obs, Shaheed Muhterma Banazer Bhutto Medical University Larkana, Pakistan
  • Tahira Parveen Department Gynae & Obs, Bachal Shah Miani Hospital Sukkur, Pakistan
  • Arooba Bhutto Department of Gynae & Obs, Gulam Muhammad Mehar medical College Hospital Sukkur, Pakistan
  • Aqsa Mandvia Department Gynae & Obs Civil Hospital Karachi, Pakistan
  • Rabia Kaleem Department Gynae & Obs, Shaheed Muhterma Banazer Bhutto Medical University Larkana, Pakistan
  • Adnan Fazal Department of Cardiology NICVD Karachi, Pakistan



Amniotic fluid index(AFI), term pregnancy, APGAR score


Amniotic fluid bathes the fetus and works as cushion, permits fetal lung growth and prevents fetus from infection. It peaks with gestational age and peaks at 32 -34 weeks of pregnancy. Amniotic fluid index is important and shares important relationship with APGAR (appearance, pulse, grimace, activity and respiration) for fetal wellbeing. Objectives: To determine the amniotic fluid index and its relationship with poor APGAR score in term pregnancy. Methods: This Descriptive study was done in department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Holy family hospital, Rawalpindi from 2nd October 2017 to 1st April 2018. We enrolled 222 patients meeting the criteria. Informed consent was taken. Results: Mean age was 30.53 ± 4.66 years. Mean gestational age was 38.95 ± 1.38 weeks. Mean parity was 2.28 ± 0.70. Mean gravidity was 2.43 ± 0.89. Amniotic fluid index was found ≤50 mm in 76 (34.23%) and >50 mm in 146 (65.77%). The babies with Apgar score <6 at 1 minute were 43 (56.58%) having mothers with AFI <50mm and 05 (3.42%) with AFI >50mm. Conclusion: This study concluded that frequency of Amniotic fluid index < 50mm in term pregnancy is quite high with higher frequency of poor APGAR score in term pregnancy with AFI < 50 mm


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DOI: 10.54393/pjhs.v4i03.598
Published: 2023-03-31

How to Cite

Awan, S. ., Tabasum, S. ., Parveen, T., Bhutto, A., Mandvia, A., Kaleem, R., & Fazal, A. (2023). Amniotic Fluid Index and Its Relationship with Poor Apgar Score in Term Pregnancy : Amniotic Fluid Index in Term Pregnancy . Pakistan Journal of Health Sciences, 4(03), 29–32.



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