Has anyone gone into preterm labor because of polyhydramnios?

  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    I'm now considered high risk for having my water break early..just wondering if anyone has had this and if they really did have the baby early?

  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    Um......anyone???

  • I don't have any experience with that but why are you at risk??

  • I had it with my first and was actually induced 2 weeks early. when they broke my water omg u couldnt imagine...it like seemed like it would never stop. I think though I was Induced because of the oily and high bp ....hope it helps a little.

  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    @myowndisaster23 it means I have alot of extra fluid around the baby and hes measuring really big...at risk having my water break cuz there's only so much room in there...I'm measuring at last appointment 4wks ahead of where I should be. Thanks for responding though:-)

  • How far along are you???

  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    @urmomwasright thanks for responding :-) were you measuring really far ahead as well? How big was baby? At 28 wks I was measuring 30...and at 30 wks I was measuring 34...kinda nervous about how big I'll measure next week. I'm curious to know if everyone who has this has the baby early or what ya know? Thanks again :-)

  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    @garagebandfan I'm 31+5 but I'm measuring big. At my 30wk I was measuring 34. Extra fluid plus big baby? I go back next week. Just nervous about how big I'm measuring and if that's normal for this issue..or if it means I'll definitely go early or not.. Didn't have this issue with my last two.

  • Can they start steroids for your babys lungs? You're past the really dangerous point so at least you don't have to worry too much about delivering early. I had my first very early, he was a micropreemie. But he is doing well now so don't stress about preterm labor. Good luck, sweetie. Keep us updated on your progress. :)

  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    @myowndisaster23 they said if I start leaking or start contractions they will give me shots...said I'll probably be making numerous trips to l/d to be checked. Supposed to go in if I even think I could be leaking...or if I have more than 4 contractions in an hour...even if they are bh. Just wondering what the reality of it happening really early is. How early was your baby?? Glad he's ok :-) thanks for responding and the good luck wishes

  • I have never heard of this before... I started leaking fluid at 34 weeks and they never figured out why...I delivered two days after I started leaking...I've always wondered what it could have been. How do they test for it?

  • Oh I had to also have non stress test done for baby. actually when they induced me 2 weeks early the u/s had said he was going to br big n all but was a normal 7.6 lbs. so I don't believe them all to much with baby size toward the end , you know ... best luck to u though n ur baby

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  • I have had a very large amount of fluid with both of my girls and measuring always 4+ weeks larger. I was induced with my first at 41 weeks and she was 7lbs 9oz and my second is a week old today, I had high blood pressure and was induced 4 days early and she was 8lbs 9oz. Nothing too big. :) try not to worry hun just take it easy!

  • My monkey was 15 weeks early, 1lb.7oz. 12.5 inches long. I only received one steroid shot but I swear that's part of why he did so well.

  • BkE913BkE913 June 2011

    Hi there! I gave birth to a full term, 7lb 6oz baby girl on May 10th, and I too had Poly! I was diagnosed at 24 weeks because I measured at 28 weeks. I was huge! Usually the onset of Poly is 32 weeks but I had such a bad case of it, I ended up getting 2 NST's and BPP's a week. I also had GD, which was the culprit to the Poly. Once we got my GD under control, my fluid levels went from 26 down to about 22 and hung out around there until I was 38 weeks. At 38+1, I ended up getting a small leak in my sac but didn't know it because I have never had my water break and also it was so slow. At 38+2, my water broke and I had my little Sophia Avery after 11 hours of labor! The baby isn't why you're measuring big, it's the fact that you have more fluid than a normal pregnancy. What are your levels at? When I first signed up for Pregly back in February, I started a thread regarding Poly, but like you, got next to no responses because it's a pretty rare thing. Although Polyhydramnios is a pain, I am glad that someone else can relate to me! I wish you had been around a few months ago so that we could have swapped advice and stories. Anyways, feel free to message me because I have been through this and would be more than happy to give you advice or answer questions based off my experience. :)

    Lovin' my nuggets! Bronsen Kale and Sophia Avery. They make my world go 'round. :)
  • ginaa412ginaa412 June 2011

    OK I'm measuring 3 weeks ahead will my doctor check to see If that's why. He said he thought I deff had gd but it came back yesterday I didn't so now what will he do to see why I'm measuring bigger. Was it ur uturus measuring further?

  • BkE913BkE913 June 2011

    Oh and I should answer your question lol. Yes, I went into preterm labor 3 times, once at 34 weeks, 35 weeks and 36 weeks. After the second time, I was given steroid shots to mature her lungs because we were certain she would come early, but after 36 weeks, there was NO labor activity until my water broke haha. She gave us a run for our money, and still likes to cause me grief. ;) She is an amazing baby though.

    Lovin' my nuggets! Bronsen Kale and Sophia Avery. They make my world go 'round. :)
  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    @garagebandfan my first son had growth issues...wasnt growing right so they have me do level two ultrasounds at 20wks..he was measuring double his weight then so they wanted another check at 30wks...they measure the fluid levels at the 30week us and discovered I had it. They also said he was measuring big at that time as well. I had never heard of it either..

  • BkE913BkE913 June 2011

    @ginaa412 He may, all that needs to be done is an ultrasound to measure the 4 fluid quadrants in your amniotic sac. It should be around 12 total. How far along are you? do you have any other symptoms besides normal pregnancy aches and pains? I can't say there are really any symptoms besides measuring ahead. You can certainly bring it up to him though and express your concern.

    Lovin' my nuggets! Bronsen Kale and Sophia Avery. They make my world go 'round. :)
  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    @urmomwasright thanks so much for your story and thanks for the well wishes :-)

  • BkE913BkE913 June 2011

    @Mnbaby3 My daughter measured 3 weeks bigger up until 36 weeks, then she plateued out. my doc says that sometimes baby hit growth spurts early and keep growing fast but then they "hit a wall" and don't grow anymore. we were worried she would be bigger than 8lbs at birth but she wasn't, just an average size at under 7 and a half.

    Lovin' my nuggets! Bronsen Kale and Sophia Avery. They make my world go 'round. :)
  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    @HomeBirthAdvocate thanks for your input :-) I know he's not bigger because of the excess fluid...the last two ultrasounds measured him bigger than usual for gestational age. I was worried that the combo of the two would mean early labor for sure. Good to know it doesn't always happen that way...but yikes I feel like my belly will explode if I make it to 40wks!lol

  • BkE913BkE913 June 2011

    ack, one more thing, the day before I had her, she measured at 7lbs 3ozs, so they were pretty spot on with her measurment

    Lovin' my nuggets! Bronsen Kale and Sophia Avery. They make my world go 'round. :)
  • ginaa412ginaa412 June 2011

    @bke913 I'm 26 weeks I go at 32 weeks for another ultrasound due to my placenta being low. My doctor said he might just b big due to gd but at my other ultrasounds he was always the right size. I haven't seen him since 20 weeks and just started measuring bigger at like 22 up until now.

  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    @MommyOfTwoPrincesses thanks for your story..good to know I have a chance at making it to term! Congrats again on the new princess :-)

  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    @myowndisaster23 awww he was a lil guy. So happy to hear he made it and is doing well. Thanks for sharing :-)

  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    @BkE913 Thanks so much for your response and sharing your story...i was feeling alone there for a while lol I'm happy to get some responses now though :-) I too am gynormous..I'm bigger now than when I delivered my other two boys! I don't know how much more my belly can stretch! I don't have GD so they aren't really sure why I have the poly. So basically you went into early labor and others didn't so guessing it's different for everyone. Ugh so frustrating not knowing if I can go anywhere or not. The baby measured big at 20wk level 2 us and at the 30 wk us. They estimated he will be more than 10# if I make it to term. Yikes! Thanks again I will def message you if I need to whine or have more questions lol

  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    @ginaa412 they will probably measure fluid if you are having another us anyway...i would mention the possibility to him though. i started by measuring a wk ahead then at 28wks I measured 2wks ahead..then measured 4wks ahead at 30wks. I'm going in next wk for my 32wk check so I'll see how I'm measuring then. The only other symptoms they mentioned is the fluid can cushion the kicks so may not feel them as much or as hard..and breathing more labored because of the size of belly and everything being squished in there. I guess if you are measuring big make sure they check the fluid levels at next us. Good luck!

  • BkE913BkE913 June 2011

    My belly got so big about 28 weeks and never really got any bigger. I had an episode in which I thought I lost her but I just couldn't feel her because, like you said, all the fluid was masking her movements. I think every case is different though. Have they checked to see why there is so much? Is baby swallowing the fluid like (s)he should be? Also, have they done any scans of her brain? Don't mean to freak you out,but they did all sorts of scans of her to make sure she was okay. The only thing wrong with her is what's called Coloboma, her eyes didn't fully form in utero, so she has "cat eyes". Her pupils look like an upside down tear drop as opposed to circular like normal pupils. It's a rare congenital birth defect, but there is no relation to the Poly. We go in to check her eyes this next week, but I know she's not blind cuz she focuses on things and follows my face so I think she's okay, she'll just have crazy eyes.

    Lovin' my nuggets! Bronsen Kale and Sophia Avery. They make my world go 'round. :)
  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    @BkE913 I had a level 2 us at 20wks and that is a thorough scan. They said he looks perfect so I'm hoping they didn't miss anything. My belly got so big between 28 and 30weejs

  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    @BkE913 ooops stupid phone lol got si big btwn 28-30wks I got a horrible rash..my skin couldn't take the stretching I guess. Im still growing but hoping to stop soon before it explodes lol. I'm hoping your lil one turns out fine at docs...having different eyes isn't a bad thing...just watch the boys when she gets to be a teenager! Lol

  • BkE913BkE913 June 2011

    I had a level 2 at 19 weeks and everything looked fine then as well, but as a precaution, they did a few more level 2 scans. I suppose if your doc was concerned, he would do another one or two. I had a total of like 20+ ultrasounds (only like 4 or 5 level 2) my entire pregnancy just to make sure everything was alright and to check my fluids. I lost count of them at number 14 lol.

    Lovin' my nuggets! Bronsen Kale and Sophia Avery. They make my world go 'round. :)
  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    @BkE913 lol yeah that's alot of ultrasounds! I'll see what she says next week I guess. Thanks again for being there!

  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    @BkE913 so I wanted to ask you if you knew what normal fluid levels are supposed to be?? I went in this week and had to see the practitioner since my doc got called away. They are going to start doing the nsts and bpp weekly. My fluid is measuring at 30.4 but not sure how bad that is?? It was my 32wk check but I'm measuring 36 wks. Just wondering if you knew since you've been through the poly crap ugh it sucks lol

  • BkE913BkE913 June 2011

    :O Holy crap, 30.4?!? That is insane! My levels were considered ultra high and they were only at 26! (And I say only because in comparison to your levels, mine were nothing!!) Normal levels are anything below 14 I believe, you want to be at about 12 from what I understand.

    Yes, Poly sucks! My doc told me the only thing that can be done to relieve some of the discomfort is to do an amnio reduction, but it just puts you at risk for PROM. Are you super miserable and having a hard time breathing? I had a hard time breathing right around 30 weeks, but then after that, the fluid begin to taper off so I didn't feel so terrible. The nice thing about Poly is that if your fluids taper off like mine did, the bigger you get, you don't mind because your belly has already been stretched to it's max!

    Lovin' my nuggets! Bronsen Kale and Sophia Avery. They make my world go 'round. :)
  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    @BkE913 yeah great so what does that mean?? Will baby be at risk with these levels?? I thought the practitioner looked a bit nervous..was saying something about waiting until next week to see my doc and discuss delivery options??? I was like what the heck? She just said they are higher then we would like to see. Gee that's helpful lady. Ugh I feel like a bloated tick! When I sit down it's hard to breathe...I'm out of breath super easy...and I feel like my belly is gonna burst. I don't have any cervical change though so that's good right? Just wondering how much more I can go before my water breaks. I'm getting bigger every week..i keep waiting for it to stop but no such luck. Thanks for getting back to me..if you have any other info I'm all ears..or eyes lol :-)

  • juliek77juliek77 June 2011

    @Mnbaby3, a normal AFI (amniotic fluid index) is anywhere between 5-20, so 30.4 is very high. I had this with my daughter 5 years ago. I measured about 26 weeks when I was 20 weeks and between 4-6 weeks larger from then on. My AFI when they told me about it was around 28ish I think. I have type 1 diabetes and while my blood sugars were okay, they weren't as good as they should have been. This means that the baby produces more "waste" and that adds to the amniotic fluid. Just like when a person with diabetes experiences a higher blood sugar, they are thirsty and tend to drink more which leads to urinating more. At one point, they talked to me about reducing amniotic fluid but they never thought it was that bad because my daughter was always looking great. I was already being followed by a high risk OB because of my diabetes so I was seen ALOT (my pregnancy with my son prior to her was also complicated by my diabetes and the fact that he had multiple birth defects). I had biweekly NST's and had a biophysical ultrasound pretty much every appt to check on her. I did have contractions regularly from about 27 weeks on and was seen in L&D at least once a week for fluids and meds. They finally sent me home with meds as well. I didn't start dialating (more than a fingertip or 1 cm) until the day I had her at 35 weeks. She was 5 weeks early and weighed 6 lbs 10 oz, not huge but a big baby for that early. She had no complications, and was perfectly healthy. She stayed with us the whole time and came home with us as well.

    Good luck!

  • BkE913BkE913 June 2011

    The reason they may want to induce early is because with excess fluid, you ate at an increased risk of a prolapsed cord, which means the cord drops down into the birth canal before baby and that could cut off the life to your baby from you. Also, you're at increased risk for placental abrution and hemmoraging. Not to scare you, but I too was at risk for these things. Luckily for me, my fluid levels were greatly reduced the farther along I got because the cause of my Poly was from GD, and since we got the GD under control, my levels dropped significantly. So all those things I listed above are what make yoh high risk when you have Poly. Also, excess fluid means baby is at increased risk for getting the cord wrapped around its neck since they have more swimming room, which is why they do so many ultrasounds and NST's. At least that was why I was being so closely monitored. Just remember, you are high risk and any time you feel like something is not right, go to labor and delivery to be checked out. I was up there at least once a week once I hit 32 weeks. It gets old and you feel silly, but trust me, you'll stress a ton less and everyone knows less stress means happier baby. :)

    Lovin' my nuggets! Bronsen Kale and Sophia Avery. They make my world go 'round. :)
  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    @juliek77 thanks so much for the info! Ugh now im getting worried since my number is so high.. The practitioner seemed nervous with me?? Idk said she didn't feel comfortable making decisions with high risk patients...so I'm gonna be a wreck until I see my doc on wed. At my 30 wk baby was measuring 4 1/2# already. Said if I even got close to term she thinks he'll be, 10+ pounds. She seems to think I'll go early though. The strange thing is I don't have diabetes or gestational diabetes...they aren't sure why I have the poly. Was so glad to hear your daughter didn't have any complications..I've been stressing about that! Thanks again!

  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    @BkE913 yeah I'm pretty much terriified so don't worry about it lol guess I'd rather know the risks though . I wish they knew why I got it. They haven't given me much info. The practitioner said

  • Mnbaby3Mnbaby3 June 2011

    Ooops stupid phone...she said to talk delivery options with ob next week....that is a bit to worry about. She sent me to ld to check if fluid was leaking and the nurse acted like I was wasting her time. Makes me leary to go in ya know?? Thanks for the info I appreciate it. :-)

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