Polyhydramnios is associated with:

  • Premature birth
  • Pregnancy-induced high blood pressure
  • Urinary tract infections during pregnancy
  • Premature rupture of membranes — when your water breaks early
  • Excess fetal growth
  • Placental abruption — when the placenta peels away from the inner wall of the uterus before delivery
  • Umbilical cord prolapse — when the umbilical cord drops into the vagina ahead of the baby
  • C-section delivery
  • Stillbirth
  • Heavy bleeding due to lack of uterine muscle tone after delivery

The earlier that polyhydramnios occurs in pregnancy and the greater the amount of excess amniotic fluid, the higher the risk of complications.

Nov. 16, 2011

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