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Do I need amnioreduction to treat my polyhydramnios?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

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.

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

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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