You're likely to start by talking with your pregnancy care provider. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment and what to expect from your doctor.
What you can do
Before your appointment:
- Write down any symptoms you're experiencing, including when they first started and how they've changed over time.
- Write down key personal information, including any other medical conditions for which you're being treated.
- Make a list of all medications, vitamins or supplements that you're taking.
- Ask a friend or family member to accompany you, if possible, to your appointment. Having someone else there may help you remember something that you forgot or missed.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor.
Preparing a list of questions will help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For polyhydramnios, some basic questions to ask include:
- What kind of tests do I need? How soon do I need to be tested?
- What treatment approach do you recommend?
- Do I need to follow any activity restrictions?
- What emergency signs and symptoms should I watch for at home?
- How could this condition affect my baby?
- If I get pregnant again, will this happen again?
- Do you have any printed information that I can take with me? What websites do you recommend for more information?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor will likely perform a physical exam and run some tests, including an ultrasound exam. He or she may also ask you a number of questions, such as:
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- When did you first begin experiencing symptoms?
- Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
- Do you have shortness of breath?
- Are you experiencing any lightheadedness or dizziness?
- Have you noticed an increase in swelling? Does it seem like you're retaining more fluid than usual?
- What, if anything, seems to make your symptoms better?
- What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
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- Goh AY, et al. Review of maternal and perinatal outcomes for women with polyhydramnios. Archives of Diseases in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal Edition. 2014;99(suppl):A1.
- Polyhydramnios. March of Dimes. http://www.marchofdimes.com/pregnancy/polyhydramnios.aspx. Accessed July 31, 2014.
- Cunningham FG, et al. Williams Obstetrics. 23rd ed. New York, N.Y.: The McGraw-Hill Companies; 2010. http://www.accessmedicine.com/resourceTOC.aspx?resourceID=46. Accessed July 31, 2014.
- DeCherney AH, et al. Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Obstetrics & Gynecology. 11th ed. New York, N.Y.: The McGraw-Hill Companies; 2013. http://accessmedicine.mhmedical.com/book.aspx?bookid=498. Accessed July 31, 2014.