Do I need amnioreduction to treat my polyhydramnios?

It depends on the unique circumstance of each pregnancy. Amnio-reduction is an invasive procedure with risk to both the mother and fetus. In addition, depending on the cause of the polyhydramnios, the excessive volume of fluid may re-accumulate after the amnio-reduction. However, amnio-reduction may be beneficial in gaining time for fetal maturation or reducing maternal symptoms. The decision needs to be made collaboratively among the woman and the healthcare team.

One way to treat polyhydramnios is by directly draining amniotic fluid from the uterus. This procedure, called amnioreduction, is similar to amniocentesis for genetic testing. Because amnioreduction does not resolve problems that may underlie polyhydramnios, it may need to be repeated during your pregnancy. Amnioreduction comes with a small risk of complications, such as cramping, bleeding, and, more rarely, miscarriage. If your polyhydramnios does not seem to be causing complications for you or the fetus, your doctor may recommend oral medication or no treatment at all.

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Pregnancy Complications

Complications can fall into the category that is harmful to the baby and/or harmful to the mother. Many women develop gestational diabetes, which only affects the mother. Preeclampsia, which elevates the blood pressure of the moth...

er during pregnancy, can be harmful to both mother and baby. Ectopic pregnancies can put both the mother and baby at risk when the embryo attaches to the fallopian tube, instead of moving to the uterus. Miscarriages or premature births can also happen to pregnant women with certain risk factors. When going through labor, progress can slow, causing distress for the baby and mother. In some cases, a C-section is needed to keep from causing harm to both the baby and mother.

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