Amniocentesis is a prenatal test that helps you learn if a fetus has health problems. The test is most often done between weeks 15 and 18 of pregnancy. Discuss with your health care provider whether amniocentesis is right for you.
Should You Have Amniocentesis?
If the fetus has a higher than normal chance of birth defects or other problems, you may want to have this test. The following risk factors can increase chances of fetal health problems:
How Is Amniocentesis Done?
First the fetus is located with ultrasound (sound waves that make an image on a screen).
A thin needle is then inserted into your belly. The doctor keeps the needle from touching the fetus by watching the screen.
The needle is used to remove a small amount of fluid from your womb. Your body will make more fluid to replace what was taken.
You can go home right after the test. But you may need to take it easy for a day or so.
When to Call Your Doctor
Call your health care provider right away if you notice:
Getting Test Results
You’ll learn your amniocentesis results in 2 weeks. Most results are normal. Even if yours aren’t, it doesn’t always mean there’s a problem. You and your health care provider can talk about other tests or special care you may want.
Author: StayWell Custom Communications
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