Pronounced: pah-lee-HI-dram-knee-ohsEn Español (Spanish Version)
Polyhydramnios is too much fluid in the amniotic sac. The amniotic sac is the water bag inside the uterus that cushions and protects your baby. It also allows normal growth and development to occur. Normal amniotic fluid levels vary. The average volume during pregnancy is almost one liter at 36-37 weeks. In severe cases, the condition can result in:
- Early labor and delivery
- Cesarean delivery
- Increased bleeding after delivery
- Reduced growth in the baby
- Placental abruption
- Umbilical cord prolapse
Fetus in Utero, Amniotic Fluid
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Last reviewedJune 2013by Andrea Chisholm; Brian Randall, MD
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