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Polyhydramnios for the second time- is natural labour possible?

(9 Posts)
Miffy16 Fri 20-Nov-15 15:04:03

Hi there. Back in 2011 I was diagnosed with Polyhydramnios very late in my pregnancy (38/9 weeks). I had been measuring a little bit big, but myself and my partner are tall, so it was assumed to be normal (just a large baby) and they only picked up the poly when I was sent in for a scan to see if baby was breech or not. I had wanted a natural water birth, and the result was an induction at 40 + 4 due to risk of cord prolapse as she wasn't engaged. The induction was very traumatic for me, and I had a range of post natal problems afterwards. We were very lucky that my daughter was born healthy with no problems, and I didn't have GD.

I've just been for my 20 week scan today with baby number 2, and am already measuring slightly over for amniotic fluid for my dates, so looks like it might be happening again. I had got myself into a really positive state of mind about this labour- we've started hypnobirthing classes and I had my heart set on a home birth-lovely and natural and the antithesis of what happened last time, but I'm feeling a bit disheartened as it looks like the poly might be occurring again. I know it's not inevitable, but I like to be prepared- I would love to hear about other ladies experiences of recurring Polyhydramnios and whether you managed to have a natural labour, and if so, how you managed it? And how you got on with the consultants? Thanks in advance X

Miffy16 Tue 08-Dec-15 13:26:10

Boosting in the hope of some feedback smile

insan1tyscartching Tue 08-Dec-15 13:36:27

I had polyhydraminos with my last child. My waters broke at 40 plus 1 (it was spectacular hmm) I was sent home for 48 hours to wait for contractions. Nothing happened (as is usual for me to be fair) I had a drip to kickstart them which was turned off after an hour or two and dd was delivered naturally with gas and air four hours after the drip was started. I didn't have GD and the polyhydraminos was spotted at 32 weeks.

Miffy16 Tue 08-Dec-15 16:25:11

Thanks for your positive story! Can I ask whether your little one had engaged before your waters broke and how the consultant was about you going into labour naturally? It wasn't presented to us as an option, but maybe that's because she was my first..... smile

insan1tyscartching Tue 08-Dec-15 17:04:57

I think they were pretty neglectful tbh because once the scans showed no abnormalities there was no mention of delivery. I have had a c section and I have a small pelvis so my babies don't engage before birth and dd was no different. I had a sweep on my due date and my waters broke next morning.

Miffy16 Tue 08-Dec-15 17:09:57

Ok. I'm Hoping for as natural a birth as possible, so will keep fingers crossed! Thanks for your feedback smile

Flossiesmummy Fri 11-Dec-15 20:22:48

I had polyhydramnios in my first pregnancy and a natural birth!

Miffy16 Sun 13-Dec-15 22:10:26

Thanks Flossiesmummy, I'd love to know more if you wouldn't mind? Such as- what did midwives/consultants say, how was it that you weren't pushed towards a 'medicalised' birth? Thank you smile

Miffy16 Wed 30-Dec-15 18:49:18

Any more positive Poly labour stories out there?

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