The doctor will ask about any symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done.
The doctor will ask about any symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. An ultrasound will help to:
View the uterus and fetus
Measure fluid levels
Look for signs of problems in the fetus
Look for potential causes
The doctor will use a measurement called the amniotic fluid index. It will help to determine if the fluid level is abnormal.
The doctor will monitor the mother and baby. Regular tests will make sure the fluid level does not continue to change. They will also help to ensure the fetus’s health. Further treatment may not be needed.
Treatment options for continued polyhydramnios that is causing problems include:
Removal of excess amniotic fluid—drawn out through a needle
Medicine—to decrease fluid (cannot be used in the last 8 weeks of pregnancy)