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.

To learn more about my situation, read more.

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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