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Too Much Amniotic Fluid

babysugar Diaries: Too Much Fluid

I've heard of all sorts of reasons for women to go on bed rest or deal with weekly stress tests, but I'd never heard of a woman having too much amniotic fluid. Such is my problem. Luckily for me, I am borderline which gives the medical professionals enough reason to monitor me with ultrasounds on a weekly basis for the duration of my pregnancy. In my case, I'll probably just swell more than the average person and may potentially need to deliver early should the placenta stop doing its job.

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When diagnosing me, my doctor said, "You're just over the top." Puzzled, I asked him, "Wouldn't you rather have an excess of amniotic fluid versus too little?" to which he replied, "If you had to pick, then I guess yes." Not the resounding "But of course!" I had wished for but it would do.

Unfortunately, there's no way to tell why I have too much fluid and there's nothing I can do about it other than take a weekly stress test. At this point, my baby is ranking 65th percentile in terms of growth, which is a good thing. If, however, that starts to fall in the next few weeks, my doctors may decide to induce me and take the baby early. The determining factor will be the tests that will measure the growth, amniotic fluid levels, and the baby's heartbeat.

I'm not spooked just yet, especially because I am barely over the "limit," but it has certainly made me perk up and pay more attention to the little babe's movements and my actions. If I do make it to 40 weeks, I'll be elated. I think I'll also be quite worried about where this "over the top" fluid decides to break as it probably won't be just a trickle.

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sassyfras sassyfras 7 years
I had polyhydramnios with my second pregnancy. My OB had me come in twice weekly from 20 weeks on. I had an ultrasound every week and 2 NST's each week. I ended up having a c-section because my OB was worried if my water were to break, the pressure from so much water would compress the umbilical cord and harm the baby.
dorkusmalorkus dorkusmalorkus 8 years
I had polyhydramnios as well. Luckily, everything turned out great, which it does in the vast majority of women who have poly. I did get absolutely ginormous though. I went into labor at 38 wks, the night before my scheduled c-section, and I was measuring 42 wks! Hopefully all will be well with your pregnancy! Good luck!
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 8 years
I had too much amniotic fluid as well. I was already going in for 2-3x weekly ultrasounds and 1-2x weekly NST's due to pregnancy induced high blood pressure that we couldn't get under control until 32 weeks. I guess because the blood pressure issues were more pressing, the ambitious amniotic fluid production wasn't really that big of an issue, or at least not stressed as an issue by my then OB. All went well, induced at 39 weeks 6 days and have a beautiful baby boy, who's now 4, to show for it all. I'll leave my "induction" rant for a different thread. ;o)
mhutt mhutt 8 years
I had the opposite problem also. My baby was breech and couldn't be flipped because of less fluid. It isn't something everyone has heard of but it is definitely something the drs know how to monitor and deal with confidence. Good luck!
Advah Advah 8 years
Wow sorry to hear about this, Babysugar. Hopefully everything will go well, good luck! :)
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
Wow, I've never heard of this either. Good luck and I'll keep you in my thoughts :)
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Ultrasounds measure amniotic fluid, leannpr31. :) I had the same thing as srabkin, my placenta died and stopped producing fluid. When I went in for a regular NST (I had gestational diabetes so I was having them twice weekly) they saw it immediately and I was induced that afternoon. I've known quite a few with excess amniotic fluid as well. Good luck!
leeannpr31 leeannpr31 8 years
How do they test for that?
srabkin srabkin 8 years
I had the exact opposite problem - too little fluid. I did the non-stress testing regularly at 30 w (started every other week to every week to 2x week) then I was put on bed rest at 34W then hospitalized and induced at 36w. The baby was little but perfect. Almost a year and a half later, she is still amazing!
Mommy-of-Three Mommy-of-Three 8 years
I had excess amniotic fluid with my second pregnancy, diagnosed at 36 weeks. I had a stress test and weekly ultrasounds for the last 2 weeks, then my water broke on its own at 38 weeks. It wasn't noticeably more than the previous pregnancy when it broke.
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