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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is excess pregnancy fluid a symptom of a specific disorder?

Is excess pregnancy fluid a symptom of a specific disorder?

Polyhydramnios: There are several possible causes for polyhydramnios (excess amniotic fluid). Many times, drs cannot find a definite reason. When a cause is found, most common are moms with high blood sugar/diabetes, and certain repairable birth defects in baby's digestive tract. Excess fluid can also overstretch the uterus and cause preterm labor. A special detailed ultrasound and close follow-up are recommended. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for excess pregnancy fluid?

What is the treatment for excess pregnancy fluid?

Not much: There is no easy treatment for excess amniotic fluid (polyhydramnios). Since most cases have no known cause even prevention is difficult. Infrequently, physicians can remove fluid with amniocentesis, that is, removing fluid through a long needle placed into the fluid sac usually under ultrasound guidance. ...Read more

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38 weeks pregnant with second child. I was induced with the first because of no amniotic fluid what does this mean for this pregnancy. ?

38 weeks pregnant with second child. I was induced with the first because of no amniotic fluid what does this mean for this pregnancy. ?

Nothing: If you are already 38 weeks pregnant, a shortage of amnionic fluid would have been noticed by now on ultrasound.Depending on the cause the first time around, it probably is not repetitive and no need to worry. ...Read more

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I'm 33 weeks pregnant and was told today my amniotic fluid is low. 43, 0, 23 and 31mm. What will this mean for my baby and remaining pregnancy?

I'm 33 weeks pregnant and was told today my amniotic fluid is low. 43, 0, 23 and 31mm. What will this mean for my baby and remaining pregnancy?

Close watching: If amniotic fluid is low, pregnant women are very closely watched. This may mean repeat ultrasounds and heart beat testing. It's possible that early delivery may be recommended. But in most cases, at 33 weeks, the baby and mom will both be fine as long as doctor advice is followed. ...Read more

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My wife is now her 29th week of pregnancy.As per the 7th month scan report fetal shows 30.6 week growth & also having excess amniotic fluid - 25.36cm?

My wife is now her 29th week of pregnancy.As per the 7th month scan report fetal shows 30.6 week growth & also having excess amniotic fluid - 25.36cm?

Not unusual: The fetal growth is still in the "normal range" but the amniotic fluid is increased. Is there a history of diabetes ? Increased fluid, or polyhydramnios isn't usually a big deal. I would not worry. ...Read more

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Is 7.5cm amniotic fluid level a sign of concern( 38 week 1 day). What is done in case of low amniotic fluid at this stage of pregnancy?

Is 7.5cm amniotic fluid level a sign of concern( 38 week 1 day). What is done in case of low amniotic fluid at this stage of pregnancy?

> 5: In general we look for an amniotic fluid level above 5 cm at term. 7.5 is normal but it needs to be analyze in terms of your specific pregnancy with your doctor. There may be other issues that change the answer to this question. ...Read more

Dr. Lauren Phillips
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Excess Pregnancy Fluid (Definition)

Polyhydramnios is a condition where there is too much amniotic ...Read more