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Amniotic Fluid Polyhydramnios

Amniotic Fluid:Polyhydramnios



How can having excess amniotic fluid in the womb affect my developing baby?

During pregnancy, amniotic fluid is produced first by the mother's body and later by the baby's urine to provide a warm and safe environment for the developing baby. When the fluid levels are too high, this is referred to as polyhydramnios. This condition can occur at any point during the pregnancy and is seen in approximately 2% of all pregnancies.

Polyhdyramnios can be very dangerous. Usually the amniotic fluid levels will rise slowly, but some women will notice a sudden increase in the amount of fluid surrounding the baby. Doctors are able to diagnose this condition during an ultrasound examination.

The causes of polyhydramnios are not fully understood. However, researchers believe that babies who suffer from a birth defect that prevents them from swallowing can be a cause of the condition. This is because babies will begin to ingest and swallow the amniotic fluid, which will decrease the amount some. Fetal heart defects have also been linked to polyhydramnios. Mothers that have diabetes are more likely to develop polyhydramnios as well.

Although most women that experience high levels of amniotic fluid will not experience any major problems, some will. Women that suffer from polyhydramnios are at an increased risk for preterm labor, stillbirth, cesarean section delivery, placental abruption, fetal growth retardation, early rupture of membranes and bleeding in the mother after the delivery has occured.

If you have been diagnosed with polyhydramnios, your healthcare provider will most likely monitor your pregnancy closely and may categorize you as a high risk patient. You will probably be given frequent ulrasound examinations to determine the condition of your developing baby. Sometimes polyhydramnios will clear up on its own without any medical intervention. Some doctors will treat their patients by removing some of the fluid or prescribing medication to reduce the fluid levels. If your pregnancy is far enough along and the doctor feels it is best to deliver the baby, that may be suggested.



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michellelaughs - 1169 days ago.
I've got polyhydramnios. Im in week 29 and measuring at 35cm fluid a few days ago. Feeling BIG. Baby is suspected to have Trisomy 18 and this would be the reason. HJave not had an amnio but U/S confirms many problems. My baby isn't expected to live more than a few hours past birth if he makes it that far. Anyone else here with a trisomy diagnosis?

madiNashtonsmom - 1219 days ago.
I'm 31 weeks and have been diagnosed with polyhydramnios. I'm just past the normal mark at 26 with 25 being the last number in the normal range. My son was diagnosed with ventriculomegaly at 23 weeks when they measured the ventricles in his brain to be at 9.4mm and the other at 10mm. 10mm is the last number in the normal range. His ventricals are now at 13mm even. I go back for my next US on 7.7 to see if there's been any change. I had an amnio done and quad blood test and tons of ultrasounds which all came back fine except for the measurement of his ventricles, his head is about a week ahead in growth, and my high amniotic fluid levels. I feel like all will be fine with him and of course I'm hoping that all will be fine but I still can't help but be concerned since not only are his ventricles enlarged slightly but my amniotic fluid is high. I wouldn't be as concerned if there were only one of these factors going on. I was wondering if anyone else has had high fluid levels and some other sort of problem noticed in the baby and what was the outcome. I'm just sorta grasping right now and would love to hear any advice. Thanks!! :)

dorge72 - 1247 days ago.
Hi Dorge here again. Well, im into week 30 of my 2nd viable pregnancy and what do you know? Ive got Polyhydramnios again. Obst said it could be to do with diabetes, but i tested fine, could be to do with antibodies, but i tested fine, could be to do with babies structure, but all is good, so basically as he said - i fall into the category of no particular reason why i get it, i just do. (YAY). sarcasm there!So now its going to be more ultrasounds to keep an eye on me. I've decided to cut back my sugar intake, just incase...what a pain in the bum!

dawnily54 - 1385 days ago.
To momofsix1968: would like to communicate with you MORE PLEASE! My best friend had polyhydramnios and now 4yrs after the birth of her beautiful daughter (and my Godchild!), the baby girl suffers with the same defects you have mentioned, if not has worse defects. Please feel free to email me with my user ID at yahoo. Would love to hear more of your experience if possible... Thank you

Momofsix1968 - 1502 days ago.
My 5th pregnancy, I was poly. I delivered her by vbac at 39 wks, I was ready to build an Ark! She came 4 hrs after my Dr accidentally ruptured my water after an exam. There was no medical reason why I was poly. She is now 4 with dysarthria and a cognitive delay. Her acid reflux, projectile vomiting in infancy was due to her disorder, she swallowed in utero but sonos can not determine the length or flow of swallowing. Are there any moms who was poly wo reason but see ' something' different in their child or has a speech disorder?

dorge72 - 1565 days ago.
Hi all. I had Polyhydramnios with my first pregnancy too. It wasnt really mentioned though until about week 36 when my daughter still had not engaged. She was happy 'floating' about. I had a checkup with the obst. the day before i was due and he said that seeing as the baby hadnt engaged, a c-section would be best as he feared my waters would break taking the umbilical cord with it and the baby coming down on top of the cord. Then it wouldve ended up as an emergency C-section. I was upset about not going through labour, i felt like i had missed out, but within 5 hrs of my appmt with the Obst (he booked me in for a C-section that day), i was holding my little girl. I came out of hospital 11kgs lighter! Emily weighed 3.8kg. She is almost 5 years old now and still full of attitude! Stay positive!

laurae93 - 1586 days ago.
Hi! I had my daughter on the 10/06/10 at 8:16pm, At 28weeks i were diagnosed with SEVERE polyhydramnios. The consultant told me to expect my daughter early. This broke my heart. I got to 38weeks and they said that she would probably arrive that week,knowing that i had reached full term and more was such a relief. I still worried about the fluid, I had read up so much on google about babies being born with a an abnormality, or something wrong with their lungs etc.In the end i was induced at 40+3 for high blood pressure and Polyhydramnios.Every midwife i had got noted on the Polyhydramnios.When i was on bedrest, I had a lady across from me who had the same condition as i had. My daughters belly was huge on the scans. That worried me so much.When i was finally induced i had CROM ( Controlled rupture of the membranes) Just to make sure my daughters head engaged properly,as there was a risk that her head would engage ontop of the cord cutting off all oxygen to herself.My amniotic fluid gushed out for 5 and a half whole hours. It covered the floor each time,it was terrible.I cried when Lillie arrived at 8:16pm after 16hours of active labour, I thought she would have an abnormality due to the Polyhydramnios as i read that this could be the cause, but she is a healthy happy little girl and she is wonderful, I feel so blessed.Feel free to message me if you have any worries about POLYH :)

gretch - 1589 days ago.
I had the most amniotic fluid my Dr had seen her 25 year career. My baby was just a big boy who peed a lot (the words of my high rish doctor). The reason I was high risk was due to my age (46). Other than being massive at delivery time ( I had a C-section two weeks before due due to my massive size), both baby and myself had no complications. Descriptions of Polyhydramnios can sound dire but the medical profession is used to giving worse case data. In fact, most cases don't have a known cause and most babies and moms are fine. At the end of the day, I didn't even have too many stretch marks. RainyX3 - fluid on the lungs is different than too much amniotic fluid. Grill you doctor on the questions you want answered. That is what they are there to do. Don't be shy. Good luck!

raineyx3 - 1590 days ago.
Hey.. I'm 8wks4d today, and my ultra sound showed fluid in the fetus lungs, the Doctor didn't share much information with me besides it can be dangerous and i need another ultrasound in 2 weeks. has anyone delt with this before? My husband and I are freaking out, this will be our 2nd pregnancy not gone full term if this is as dangerous as the Doctor had us feeling... any help??

futuremrswiley - 1604 days ago.
I went in for my scheduled doctors appt Tuesday they scheduled me for a ultrasound for Thursday because the pregnancy size was measuring greater than my EDD. I've been having once a week visit since I had protein in my urine but had some blood drawn and more urine samples and everything came back fine. I'm kinda of nervous. Because I've had four ultrasound so far.. and I'm 34 now.

MiA88 - 1611 days ago.
cmdancer, my situation is somewhat like yours although i have a lot more fluid, it was like 30 at my last scan and the clinic i went to said they wanted it below 24, anyways i failed my 1 hour and passed the 3 hour. My son is also measuring way ahead, esp his belly which is a lot larger than his head, thats why the doc said im at risk for shoulder diystocia. His belly area is measuring in the 98th% too but im just taking it one day at a time im really worried about a csection but im happy to make it past 30 weeks because i know if i have him from now on he'll be ok! Either way, im trying to look at the postive, im going in for weekly visits so they monitor him closely,i got some videos of him too since i had to go to a maternal fetal medical clinic, their ultrasound machines are a lot more advanced as well....and my baby is already measuring over 4 lbs! Although i am very worried about this placental abruption and the bleeding after delivery because after my first son i bled a lot and i had to be given a huge shot in my arm which im not sure what it was, there was just so many nurses in the room i didnt even see it coming, i hope that doesnt happen this time....

Lilith - 1620 days ago.
Stealpicker, this is not a place for a damn bible lesson. This is a womans site, and honestly not all of us are Christian, so I find your comment highly annoying. I am never usually rude to anyone, BUT your comment is offensive. I'm glad that your son lived, though you make no more mention of his mother. Why is that?? Oi.... just get off IAM, because you are not a woman.

cmdancer - 1624 days ago.
I went for an ultrasound today (to check the baby since my uterus is measuring 2 weeks ahead at my last prenatal appointment and because she has hydronephrosis) and I was told that the amniotic fluid level is 'slightly' high. The radiologist said it's at 21, and anything above 20 is considered high. Does anyone know what that means? Also, she said that the baby's abdomen is measuring 2 weeks ahead (I'm almost 30 weeks now) and she's in the 90th percentile. Again, this information is lost on me. I'm having yet another glucose test tomorrow (I failed my one hour last month, but passed my 3 hour) and I'm having another ultrasound in 2 weeks. I must admit, I'm pretty freaked out. Any words of encouragement are appreciated!

meggs7802 - 1663 days ago.
Hi! I had polyhydrominos and was in the 98th percentile towards the middle of my pregnancy. My child was born perfectly healthy. I had every scan and test I could have, for if my baby was going to have health issues, I wanted to be prepared so I could make sure he had the best care. I was induced 3 weeks early and did have a c-section due to the risks of cord prolapse, but besides that, my son was perfect. Im not saying this hapens in all cases, but from what I read, the higher the percentile, the better the chance their is a problem. Being in the 98th percentile scared me to death, but keep in mind that this does not mean problems, for my son is a living example : ) My question is for anyone having poly in their first pregnancy. Since the cause was unknown with mine, I am wondering if I will have it again with this pregnancy (2nd). I guess any input would be great from people with experience. I also agree with the man below me, god will be with us, no matter what happens, so put your trust in him : ) When my stress got too high, I would ask for Gods help, for stress is not good for your unborn child, so do your best to relax! If anyone has any questions about what we went through, please feel free to write :)

steelpicker - 1663 days ago.
I'm the Dad of a 13 yr old son. His mom had the worst case scenerio, of polyhydramious. She was normal at 18 wks, then was the size of delivery, at 20 wks. She was sent to women's centennial hospital in nashville,tn., where she was cared for, by Doctors, Salvator Lombarti and Stephen Fortunato. They were pioneers, in the field of high risk pregnacies. Almost nothing was known, about poly., at that time. I signed releases, so all knowledge gained from james' mom, could be shared and studied, world wide. James's mom also has rh genative blood factor, which made everything go in the wrong direction. The doc's told me that James would die at birth, and mom may die as well. wanting to abort james to try to save mom's life, but feared for mom's life, even then. These docs were great, but it looked like there was no hope for James or mom, to live. In 8 wks. in hosp., 4- 2 liter bottles of fluid were removed. 1 approx., every 12-15 days. At which time, James was so traumatized, that He literally kicked and fought his way, out of his mom, only to nearly die. to make a long story short, He had no chance to make it, with a trache/feeding tube& ventelator, with 11 rare problems, caused by the poly., I turned to Jesus, having known the word of God, and not living it for Yrs. I followed the biblical principal, taught in the book of acts. where we are to lay hands on the sick, annointing their head with oil. Praying for their healing, and having the faith to believe, that our prayers are being answered as we say the words. I asked God to forgive me of my sins, and promised to serve him the rest of my life, and promised that if he would let James live, by the power of Holy Spirit, that I would teach James all about the love of Jesus Christ, and bear witness every place I go, as I am now a christian music artist, with my own record label and recording studio, having played for 31 of the stars. To date, James is more healthy, than anyone in my family, having faced death for several yrs, and received 2 powerful miracles, 1 that saved him from the Grave in dec, 2008, and he has lived 13 yrs, when they said he could not live 1 hr. Because of James' sickness/healings, many people have been drawn to Jesus. All I can tell anyone, in this predicament in life, is, seek out the best doctors you can find, and Give your heart and life to Jesus Christ, and learn God's word, as the power over life and death and the universe is in it. YOU AND YOURS, WILL NEVER BE THE SAME God Bess all of you. And may the strenght and peace of Jesus christ live in you.

faithmasters - 1687 days ago.
Hi. I'm 19 weeks pregnant and just found out I have polyhydramniosis. I'm in the 95th percentile. To say that I'm freaked out is an understatement. This is my first child. Fortunately, theone baby looked perfectly normal, but I'm still so worried. Can anyone tell me anything abo ut this? I'm really concerned and just want information. Thanks.

3rdbabyat38 - 1744 days ago.
i am 30 weeks pregnant and measuring at 33 weeks. up until this point i have been measuring right on target. I don't have a history of large babies nor do i have gestational diabetes. Everything else seems fine but my doc feels like i have polyhydramnios. I have a scan in 2 weeks that he will check my levels and see baby's growth. He doesn't think i'm carrying a large baby and truly believes that it is an excess of amniotic fluid. Now i am worried about everything that can go wrong or what is wrong. I only gained 3 lbs from my last appt. but have gained a total of 30 lbs so far with this pregnancy. I have had an uneventful pregnancy thus far and am now stressed beyond belief but trying not to let anyone know. My doc said that 50% of the women who have this the babies are fine and they never know why this occurred. I pray that I am in that 50%

Megananne - 1797 days ago.
I had polyhydramnions with my first pregnancy- I was in the 99th percentile, upon delivery. I delivered via c-section a month early; my son was born perfectly healthy. We are ttc baby number 2 and I am wondering if I will have polyhdramnios with this pregnancy too. Has anyone had any experiences with this?

luckypenny - 1857 days ago.
My levels were so very high....if you are reading this and worried from googling....please message me. My baby was born perfectly healthy girls. Sometimes these things just happen. Man did I gush water out during labor and everytime they checked how far I was dialated though. Yuck.

kimmie kimmie cocoa puff - 2011 days ago.
I have it too and I'm so uncomfortable that I can hardly stand it. EVERYTHING hurts. They are keeping a close eye on the baby and I'll be happy if I can make it to 37 weeks. I'm 29 weeks along and measuring 39.5. OUCH! I'm only 5'2' and I'm sure that isn't helping the situation. If anyone has anything they would like to share about their story please message me. I'm very interested in hearing what other docs have done or said. Thanks! K

leahsmom - 2031 days ago.
I also had polyhydramnios with my last pregnancy. It was very uncomfortable. After one amnioreduction the fluid returned. I held out until almost 39 weeks and was induced. My baby was born healthy. Feel free to message me on my page if you have questions about my experience or would like to share yours.

hay023 - 2108 days ago.
I had severe polyhydramnios and went on to have a normal delivery and a heathy baby girl. I was induced at 37 weeks as fluid increased following a second amnio-reduction. The doctors have not been able to explain why I suffered from this condition perhaps it is just one of those things.

luckypenny - 2109 days ago.
I have polyhydramnios and they think its because I may have gestational diabetes. So lots of tests will be done in the near future.

jessy2008 - 2147 days ago.
I have just been told I have very high levels of amniotic fluid surrounding my baby I am 35 weeks and so scarred i should have never starting researching the internet! This Is my first baby and i was just wondering to those that have now delivered if everything went well, when you delivered ect! PLease I need some peace of mind!

hay023 - 2148 days ago.
Hi has anyone got any advice on suffering with Polyhydramnios? As this is my third baby, i`m 32 weeks pregnant and just had amnio-reduction. No probs with previous 2 babys. I`m really worried after researching it on the net as it said about stillbirth and excesive bleeding during birth. Any advive would be welcome, thanks. xx


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