In my practice, I have seen on more than one occasion, pregnant women diagnosed with low amniotic fluid after a car accident. In some cases, it was not at all shocking to the expecting mother. Especially is this so if she had experienced vaginal leakage post-collision. Other times, the news is surprising when little to no leakage occurred after the collision. Sometimes, the mother became aware of the diagnosis after she saw her OBGYN for issues she may have thought were minor or perhaps she believed to be unrelated to her car accident. These symptoms may have included a persistent chill, a severe headache, facial swelling, failure to gain weight or blurriness.
Officially, low amniotic fluid will be diagnosed as oligohydramnios.