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    Default To much fluid around my baby

    Hi ladies I just had my 28 weeks scan and was told my baby boy is measuring at 31 weeks and has some extra fluid around him. The doctor said this usually indicates somthing is wrong but all my tests have come back fine and all baby's scans have been really good up until now. So naturally I'm stressing that somthing is wrong with my baby. I would love to hear from any woman who have had the same issue. I have to go back in 2 weeks for another scan

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    Hi there! I can't give you any advice but wanted to let you know that you're not alone. I'm in the same situation. At my 28 week appt last week my fundal height was 34cm. I went for a growth scan today and was told there was a lot of amniotic fluid. Stupidly, I got home and started googling - big mistake! I'm now worried and have to wait until next Wednesday to see my doctor.

    Just some background info about this pregnancy:
    I had a "high risk" NT result of 1:248 for T21. The nuchal fold measurement was good and a nasal bone was present, it was the bloods that were off. We chose not to have amnio because the miscarriage risk from amnio was higher than the risk of this baby having Down's. Also, we wouldn't choose to terminate the pregnancy based on a T21 diagnosis.
    Our 19 week scan showed a healthy, developmentally normal baby boy
    An additional cardiac/growth scan at 25 weeks revealed no heart defects (DH was born with 2 holes in his heart, cause unknown) and a big, healthy bub.
    Today's scan did not show any other problems, other than a large volume of fluid.

    This afternoon I've read that a lot of fluid can be an indicator of Down's and I'm regretting the decision not to have amnio. Not sure what to think.

    Keep me posted after your next scan.

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    Thank you for your reply, I went to my g.p yesterday just for my own piece of mind she's wonderful and very honest and said to me all your previous scans have shown a healthy baby, she checked his heart and said it sounds perfect she had a good feel around and said he's sitting exactly where he should be. She said its possible that the day I had the scan he may have just weed more then usual. She seems to think I have a big healthy baby on board. I have read a lot of woman with thr extra fluid feel uncomfortable and don't feel as much movement that's not the case with me. I do remember the day I had the scan my stomach was huge and very tight. So I'm hoping it was just for that day

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    Just wanted to share my experience:

    Pregnant with #2, I had my 19 week scan and everything was fine. Saw my GP/OB at 22 weeks and he thought I looked "big" so did a fundal height measurement which was 30cm (equiv to 30 weeks). A quick scan in his office showed a lot of extra fluid. Looking back on it now, I had a few people mention that I was looking big but I didn't think anything of it. Now I know that I'd gone from 19 week size to 30 week size in three weeks!

    I was referred to the major maternity hospital for review by the Maternal Foetal Medicine specialist. They were wonderful. I was diagnosed with polyhydramnios but the cause was unknown as like you, everything came back clear. Baby looked big, but fine and as my first was born 5 days over at 4.7kg it wasn't a concern of itself.

    I was told that around 60% of the time there is no known cause. Baby is supposed to swallow the fluid and pass it out to regulate the level but that issues with the throat, stomach or kidneys can mean it's not going in or too much is coming out. They ruled out kidney problems but as they can't see the throat on the scan, couldn't rule that out completely. A throat blockage would mean immediate surgery at birth as bub wouldn't be able to swallow and may not be able to breathe. (PS - Yes, I freaked out. Big time!)

    There was nothing to do except wait it out. I was scanned fortnightly to 33-ish weeks and then weekly to 38 weeks. My Amniotic Fluid Index (measurement of the fluid level) reached 28; anything between 8 and 18 is normal. Over 21 is high. My fundal height reached 50cm! Oh, and I felt plenty of movement all the way through.

    DS was born by CS at 38+5 weighing 4.2kg and completely healthy. I found out afterwards that normal fluid at term is around 300-500ml and I had almost 3 litres! Standard recovery (I'd had a CS for my first which included 24 hours of labour and a PPH. Recovery was easier second time around!).

    My care through the specialist team was fantastic. My after care was fabulous and I was able to be transferred to my private hospital after a day as we were both OK. All that said though, it was terrifying. Wondering if there was something wrong and not being able to do anything but wait. DH wasn't at the 22 week appt with me as he had to work and we weren't expecting anything out of the ordinary anyway! My mum's work was nearby so I went straight there and had a cry. DH came to all the specialist scans though and was good at keeping me away from Dr Google.

    Sorry for the novel, but I just wanted to share a good outcome with you. I wish you all the best.

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    Thank you for your reply. They have my fluid measuring at 30!!! So of course I'm absolutely petrified. I'm just hoping that im
    in the percentage that have healthy babies! Im
    going to be very nervous the day of my scan

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    Thanks for sharing your story Lynken. I spent many hours last night reading all the polyhydramnios threads on BH and hoping I'm in the majority of women who have healthy, full term babies. I'm already seeing a high risk OB at my local hospital due to PCOS and my nuchal results, so I'm pretty confident in the care I'll receive if I do get diagnosed with polyhydramnios. It's still a nerve-wracking wait to see my doc though!

    I wish you all the best for your upcoming scan, Sammy. Keep us posted about your progress.

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    Ok ladies I had my scan recently and the extra fluid has gone. Yay. Everything looked well with the baby he's at about 2.4 kgs so quite a size.

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    That's great, congrats!


 

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