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Last weekend I went to L & D at 4 a.m. because I wasn't sure if my water had broken. I know, I know "how could you not know?"
I even looked it up on a search engine – right after I posted about my frustrations about search engines last week. I'll spare the details and just say it was enough fluid to come in and get checked out. My water had not ruptured, as we feared though. Instead, we were given an ultrasound to see how much fluid I did have. Turns out, I have too much. The ultrasound tech even sounded confused when he was measuring the "pockets of fluid."
Polyhydramnios is a condition in which a mother has too much amniotic fluid in her uterus. I had heard of too much fluid, I just never thought it would happen to me. After reading more about it, it actually makes more sense. She's been measuring much larger this whole pregnancy, I had been extra tired and out of breath. I really thought it was because I had two pregnancies close together. ( Seriously, my pregnancy with Max seemed much easier).
An Amniotic Fluid index of anything over 25 centimeters is considered high. I was measuring 27 cm. The normal range for 35 weeks is 5 cm to 25 cm., according to Babycenter.
So what is bad about excess fluid? Well I've discovered that it's associated with diabetic mothers, twins, chromosomal abnormality, infections, or possible complication with the baby. Often, though, it isn't much to worry about. I'm not diabetic, I'm pretty sure I'm not carrying twins so the other possible causes are a little terrifying to think about. While there is a rational part of my brain telling me that she'll be fine, there's an extra worried part of my brain that just wants her to be healthy.
Luckily, I spoke to my doctor. She says that the most common causes are idiopathic and the second most common cause is maternal diabetes. I've been on a medication commonly prescribed for diabetes, Metformin, for years for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and my blood sugar is better than most pregnant women she sees, so she isn't concerned. She said she might have to break my water in the delivery room. We'll check up on it next week, but she isn't concerned.
I guess I haven't been completely imagining things when I've felt like a giant water balloon but the most important thing to me is that my little girl is healthy.
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Link: Your baby at 35 weeks
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