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Does polyhydramnios mean my fetus is unhealthy?

Fetal abnormality is one of several possible causes of polyhydramnios. Your doctor may call for amniocentesis if they suspect that a problem with the fetus is causing the condition. Several types of fetal health complications can cause polyhydramnios. Problems with swallowing, the gastrointestinal tract, the heart, the musculoskeletal system, and with the central nervous system all prevent the fetus from ingesting amniotic fluid, thereby contributing to its buildup in the uterus. If the cause of polyhydramnios lies with the fetus, this can be a sign of a condition that doctors will monitor during and after the pregnancy.

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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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