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Amniotic fluid level at "high end of normal" Stooph Due December 23; 2 kids; Missouri 600 posts
9th Jul '08

I have been measuring big for the past two appointments, so my doctor had me scheduled for an ultrasound to see how much he weighed and check my fluid levels.
Baby is weighing in at just under 5 pounds. He is in the 60th percentile, so he's just a little big. She did tell me, though, that my amniotic fluid was measuring at the high end of normal. Yes, it's still normal, but it's at the high end. Of course reading about this has brought my attention to a condition called Polyhydramnios. That scares me!



I'm wondering if any other ladies had high levels of amniotic fluid. Did you have problems? Did your pregnancy progress normally?



My doctor is going to do another ultrasound at my next appointment (in two weeks) to check the levels again. I shouldn't have researched this, because now I'm scared. I'll be freaking out for the next two weeks.

Stooph Due December 23; 2 kids; Missouri 600 posts
9th Jul '08

Apparently this is rare. lol

CML's Mommy 2 kids; North Carolina 2040 posts
9th Jul '08

I had Polyhydraminos. 2 out of 100 women get it. Medical experts still don't know a lot about it and 2 out of 3 cases the cause is unknown. It is usually a side effect of Gestational Diabetes...I didn't have gestational diabetes but I was borderline. My doc started doing weekly fluid level checks at 28-30 weeks and they contined until I delivered. It can cause certain problems....the main one being pre-term labor and risk of c-section. Due to the high amount of fluid the baby may turn after being ead down resulting in the baby being breech.(In my case she was 7.2lbs and breech when she came at 37 weeks.)



Here is a good site aboutit:



http://www.marchofdimes.com/pnhec/188_1044.asp

Stooph Due December 23; 2 kids; Missouri 600 posts
9th Jul '08
Quoting sunnyloomis:
CML's Mommy 2 kids; North Carolina 2040 posts
9th Jul '08

Sorry I added more to my first post....

Stooph Due December 23; 2 kids; Missouri 600 posts
9th Jul '08
Quoting sunnyloomis:
SallyP Pennsylvania 5 posts
13th Jul '08

Hey Stephanie, I have the same due date as you, and had the exact same diagnosis at my 30 week ultrasound, requested b/c I was measuring big. (People already assume I am carrying twins at this point.) They also told me my baby was 60% percentile and I was high end of normal on fluid levels (23 to be exact, but apparently the baby had a full bladder at the time, too, she a few minutes later and I could have been at 24 or 25, which would technically make for a polyhydromnios diagnosis.) So I'm now schedule for a check this week (at 34 weeks). I'm trying not to be too worried. Both my other 2 kids also measured big, as did lots of females in my family, and I'm now wondering if it's just a genetic thing to have borderline high fluid, which makes us look so big...?? (My other kids were totally healthy.)

Stooph Due December 23; 2 kids; Missouri 600 posts
13th Jul '08
Quoting SallyP:
SallyP Pennsylvania 5 posts
17th Jul '08

Okay, just had another amniotic fluid check. Last time I was 23.6 and at 30 weeks, was supposed to be under 23.3 or something. But this time at 34 weeks, I was 22.6 or so, and just needed to be under 24+. Apparently you peak at 34 weeks, so the fact that my levels went down slightly was good. Although the dr. said your levels vary a little depending on time of day.
...Bottom line, neither the tech nor the dr. who looked at the ultrasound were concerned at all. The dr. said even if I had been 24, 25, 26 he wouldn't have really been concerned. FYI, the 50 percentile averageat 34 weeks is 14 cm and the tech told me she usually sees people at 12-14. So of course I wish I was closer to normal, but people keep reassuring me.... so you're probably fine, too, Stephanie!

Stooph Due December 23; 2 kids; Missouri 600 posts
17th Jul '08
Quoting SallyP:
Stooph Due December 23; 2 kids; Missouri 600 posts
21st Jul '08

Well shit. At this point I'm starting to wonder why I can't just be normal in life. I can't even have a normal pregnancy.



I had a second ultrasound today to check my levels again. Apparently last time I was at 21 cm... when they said I was at the high end of normal. Now I'm at freakin' 24.6 cm. The sonographer that I had this time was a different one, and she said that she honestly considers 21 to be abnormal, and not "at the high end of normal." She said that now I am definitely out of the normal range... but from what I've been reading, over 25 is usually considered abnormal, so I am 100% confused and pissed off right now.



On top of my fluid level going up instead of down, Demitri is now BREECH. He has been head down since I was 30 weeks. BLAH!!!
BAD DAY!



I just can't wait to hear what my doctor has to say about this on Wednesday. I usually see her right after my ultrasound, but there won't be a sonographer there this Wednesday (for some reason) so I have to go twice this week and wait a day before I get to see her.

SallyP Pennsylvania 5 posts
21st Jul '08

From what I remember when I was looking at the chart, around 24 or 24.5 was just at the 95 percentile and just on the borderline of being too high. But like the OB doctor, who saw me after the tech, said, he even thought 25, 26, 27 wasn't too bad and he wouldn't be worried even at those levels. Your levels peak at 34 weeks, so from what I gather, your level of 24.6 sounds okay. The tech I had said she only starts really worrying around 30 cm...

Stooph Due December 23; 2 kids; Missouri 600 posts
21st Jul '08
Quoting SallyP:
SallyP Pennsylvania 5 posts
21st Jul '08

I bet your doctor will be like mine and say your fine. (That is, both the doctor at the fetal ultrasound place AND my OB said I was fine.) And I was even higher than you when my doctor said I was fine... at 30 weeks I was 23.6 (which was technically over the 95th percentile for that week) and you were only 21... you are now peaking at the right time. I bet if they check you again in a couple weeks, you will have gone down. And as for GD, all my levels were no where NEAR being close to having GD on all 3 kids, and all were huge, and I was huge and I think I had borderline high levels offluidfor all of them. I've read it can be genetic that you just have higher levels. On the flip side,a friend of mine has almost abnormally low levels and has had 3 healthy kids. ...I'm not sure if you mentioned it, what # child is this for you?

tigerlily 3 kids; Georgia 1830 posts
21st Jul '08

Hey, we all have the same due date! :D

It would seem that having a little extra amniotic fluid would be better than not having enough.