Polyhdramnios. Is a medical condition describing an excess of amniotic fluid in the amniotic sac. It is seen in about 1% of pregnancies. it is typically diagnosed when the amniotic fluid index (afi) is greater than 24 cm. there are two clinical varieties of polyhydramnios: chronic polyhydramnios where excess amniotic fluid accumulates gradually acute polyhydramnios quickly accumulates.
High amniotic fluid. Polyhdramnios occurs when the amniotic fluid index (measured by ultrasound) is higher than expected. Most doctors use a cutoff of 25.
Many things. Polyhydramnios (too much amniotic fluid around the fetus) may happen for several reasons. The most common reason is that the mother has gestational diabetes. Anything that prevents a fetus from swallowing amniotic fluid can also cause polyhydramnios, including structural problems in the baby's mouth or throat or stomach, or muscular or neurologic problems. We never find the cause of some cases. Read more...