Pregnancy

Polyhydramnios

(High amniotic fluid)

About Polyhydramnios

Polyhydramnios is a condition during pregnancy. It refers to having too much fluid inside the amniotic sac that surrounds the fetus. It's often associated with other complications of pregnancy, such as preterm birth, gestational diabetes, and fetal abnormalities.

Polyhydramnios is caused when the fetus produces too much amniotic fluid (through urination or lung fluid secretions) or doesn't absorb enough of it (through swallowing). The most common causes are

  • Fetal abnormalities or genetic disorders
  • Maternal diabetes
  • Multiple gestation (twins, triplets, etc.)
  • Fetal anemia

Polyhydramnios doesn't usually cause symptoms, though it's often suspected when a woman's uterus is larger than it should be for her gestational age. Women with severe polyhydramnios may experience shortness of breath, contractions, or abdominal discomfort.

Polyhydramnios is diagnosed on ultrasound by your prenatal care provider using a measurement called the amniotic fluid index (AFI). A full ultrasound analysis can help determine if a physical abnormality in the fetus is behind the problem, and some providers may offer genetic testing. Treatment depends on the cause and severity of the condition, but can include monitoring the fetus regularly and removing amniotic fluid with medicine or needles.

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