Some of the known causes of polyhydramnios include:
- A birth defect that affects the baby's gastrointestinal tract or central nervous system
- Maternal diabetes
- Twin-twin transfusion — a possible complication of identical twin pregnancies in which one twin receives too much blood and the other too little
- A lack of red blood cells in the baby (fetal anemia)
- Blood incompatibilities between mother and baby
Often, however, the cause of polyhydramnios isn't clear.
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