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I'm currently 32 weeks pregnant with my second baby and I have too much amniotic fluid. My current AFI is 23.4 and I'm due to be scanned in a weeks time. There are no apparent reasons for this fluid as baby is on the 75th centile and is swallowing and taking fluid in. All my blood tests have come back negative including GTT and TORCH screen. I have been scared stiff by various doctors telling me I may go into premature labour with various complications such as placental abruption and prolapsed cord. Please tell me something positive!

  I'm currently 32 weeks pregnant with my second baby and I have too much amniotic fluid. My current AFI is 23.4 and I'm due to be scanned in a weeks time. There are no apparent reasons for this fluid as baby is on the 75th centile and is swallowing and taking fluid in. All my blood tests have come back negative including GTT and TORCH screen. I have been scared stiff by various doctors telling me I may go into premature labour with various complications such as placental abruption and prolapsed cord. Please tell me something positive!

We think you need to check with your doctors as an amniotic fluid index (AFI) of 23.4 is not excessive at 32 weeks. It is what would normally be considered at the upper end of the normal range. As a guide, a level above 25 or certainly 30cm would be more significant. Your doctors sound very thorough-If all these tests have been normal, then it is very likely everything will be OK with you and baby. The complications that you mention are very rare.
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