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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Polyhydramnios

If you have polyhydramnios or suspect you have it, find out how it affects baby and what you can do to treat it. We've got all you need to know here.

What’s the best way to treat polyhydramnios?

If you have a mild case, it may not require treatment, and it may disappear on its own. Treatment for an underlying condition like diabetes may help treat it. Also, if you experience preterm labor, shortness of breath or abdominal pain, you may need to have the excess fluid drained, or your doctor may prescribe you oral medication.

What can I do to prevent polyhydramnios?

There is no known way to prevent polyhydramnios.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have polyhydramnios?

“I had severe polyhydramnios starting around 24 weeks. I had a premature rupture of membranes at 25 weeks and delivered at 27 weeks. My DS spent 12 weeks in the NICU but is a happy, healthy three-year-old now. I’m pregnant again, and my doctors do not expect me to get polyhydramnios again.”

“I had polyhydramnios with my daughter. They said the most important thing was if my water broke to get to the hospital ASAP, unless I could feel the cord coming out (in which case to call 911 and lie down with my feet above my head). My water broke at the hospital after being induced, but I ended up with a c-section.”

“I found out I have more amniotic fluid than normal, called polyhydramnios. The doctors are going to monitor me more starting at 32 weeks and then proceed from there.”

Are there any other resources for polyhydramnios?

March of Dimes

Plus more from The Bump:

What is amniotic fluid?

What to Expect During an Amniocentesis

Why should I get a CVS or amniocentesis?

-- Laura Riley, MD, ob-gyn, Director of Labor and Delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital and author of You & Your Baby: Pregnancy

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