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What Is Amniocentesis?

Amniocentesis is a procedure done during pregnancy that helps detects any disorders or developmental abnormalities in a fetus.  

The prenatal test is when the doctor will remove a sampling of amniotic fluid using a hollow needle. The prenatal test is done under the guidance of the ultrasound.

Who Should Have Amniocentesis?

The procedure should be done for the following reasons:

  • Women who are over 35 years old
  • Women who have had an abnormal ultrasound
  • Family history of birth defects
  • Had a previous child
  • Anyone with family history of chromosomal abnormality
  • Risk of sex-linked genetic disease

Why Is Amniocentesis Performed?

 The amniocentesis procedure is done to help detect any type of birth defects. The different types of birth defect it can detect are Down syndrome and any chromosomal abnormality.

Guidelines To Prepare For Amniocentesis

  • Right before the ultrasound testing you should drink two to three 8oz. glasses of water.
  • Make sure not to take any aspiring five days prior to the procedure. Also you should not take any Lovenox 48 hour’s prior and heparin 24 hours before the procedure.

Does Amniocentesis Hurt?

The process is not painful at all. The most common complaint from most women is the sharp pinch following with pressure when the needle is going through the uterus.

Does Amniocentesis Need Any After Care?

  • After the procedure you will have to meet up with your doctor to monitor your progress periodically.
  • It’s recommended to get plenty of rest after the procedure. 
  • Make sure to stay hydrated

How Long Does It Take To Get Amniocentesis Results?

The complete results can take as long as three weeks.

Are There Any Side Effects of Amniocentesis In The Mother?

The amniocentesis has a small risk of causing a miscarriage.  Other potential complications are preterm labor, infection, and other potential complications.

What Are The Risks of Amniocentesis For The Baby?

 The common risk includes infections, injury to the baby, or miscarriage.

What Are The Odds of A Miscarriage Following An Amniocentesis?

During the second trimester there is a slight risk of miscarriage.  The odds of a miscarriage are between 1 in 300 and 1 in 500.

What Are The Limitations of Amniocentesis?

There are limitations from the amniocentesis. The procedure will not detect mental retardation, cleft lip, heart defects, and conditions such as autism.

Amniocentesis VS Chorionic Villus Sampling

 Amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling are test that help find genetic disorders before birth.  The primary benefit of using amniocentesis is been able to detect spina bifida. 

The chorionic villus sampling advantage over amnio is been able to have the test be performed during first trimester.

Are There Any Alternatives To Amniocentesis?

There are several noninvasive alternatives to amniocentesis. The alternative is a non-invasive fetal DNA test.

How Much Does An Amniocentesis Test Cost?

The cost can vary any where from $1,000 to $1,500.

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