Learn More About Polyhydramnios
Everything you need to know about Polyhydramnios including the signs, symptoms, risks, diagnosis, testing, treatment, monitoring, labor and delivery, and statistics surrounding it.
POLYHYDRAMNIOS IN PREGNANCY
Polyhydramnios is a pregnancy complication involving too much amniotic fluid that requires careful monitoring during the third trimester.
AFI (Amniotic Fluid Index)
Amniotic Fluid Index, AFI, is the sum total measurement of the deepest pocket of amniotic fluid in each of the four quadrants of your uterus.
Signs and Symptoms
A larger than expected uterus, difficulty breathing, excessive swelling, and other exaggerated late-term pregnancy symptoms are all signs of polyhydramnios.
Some of the risks of Polyhydramnios include preterm labor, premature ROM, cord prolapse, fetal malpresentation, and maternal hemorrhage.
Nearly half of Polyhydramnios cases happen for unknown reasons, but after idiopathic cases, the leading causes of polyhydramnios are genetic anomalies in babies.
Diagnosis & Testing
Following a Polyhydramnios diagnosis, routine testing should include a GTT, NSTs, BPPs, and growth scans, with additional testing in more severe cases.
Treatment & Monitoring
Treatment for Polyhydramnios includes management of the underlying condition (when possible), fetal surveillance, reducing fluid, and creating an effective care plan.
Labor & Delivery
Recommended delivery guidelines for mild, moderate, and severe Polyhydramnios, both idiopathic and with known maternal or fetal complications.
Polyhydramnios is a rare condition that complicates about 1% of all pregnancies. This page breaks down all of the known statistics surrounding it.
Questions for Your Dr.
If you’ve been diagnosed with Polyhydramnios, you probably have a lot of questions. Use our guide to help you get the right ones answered.
Polyhydramnios is a concerning diagnosis that most often leaves moms with more questions than answers, like what does Polyhydramnios indicate, and should I be worried about having too much amniotic fluid?
Support Groups and Social Media Accounts
Do not go through Polyhydramnios alone. This is a growing list of online support groups and helpful social media accounts to follow.
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