Water exchange between the pregnant ewe, the foetus and its amniotic and allantoic fluids.
Graham J Faichney, Alan A Fawcett, Raymond C Boston
J Comp Physiol B | Published : 2004
Water exchange between the ewe and its foetus was measured in two Merino ewes maintained with continuous feeding under thermoneutral conditions from about day 90 of gestation to term. Catheters were established in the maternal pulmonary artery (MPA), the foetal dorsal aorta (FDA) and the amniotic and allantoic sacs. Doses of tritiated water were given into either the MPA or the FDA on five occasions, three for one ewe and two for the other, at least 6 days apart and samples were taken from all catheters for 31 h following the dose. An open, eight-compartment restricted model was developed which simultaneously fitted the tracer data and the ewes' water balance, determined by measurement and c..View full abstract