Hydrops Fetalis | Symptoms & Causes

What are the symptoms of hydrops fetalis?

Symptoms of hydrops fetalis can occur during pregnancy or after the baby is born. During pregnancy, symptoms of hydrops fetalis may include:

  • large amounts of amniotic fluid
  • thickened placenta
  • enlarged liver, spleen or heart in the baby
  • fluid buildup in the baby’s abdomen

After birth, symptoms may include:

  • pale coloring
  • severe swelling overall, especially in the baby's abdomen
  • enlarged liver and spleen
  • difficulty breathing

What causes hydrops fetalis?

Many different diseases and other medical complications can cause hydrops fetalis, such as: