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Amniocentesis (Amniotic Fluid Test)

Amniocentesis is a procedure
that lets doctors detect or rule out problems with your baby’s health
long before birth. In the uterus
your baby is surrounded by amniotic fluid that provides protection and nourishment. Floating in the fluid
are cells from your baby providing doctors
with genetic material for testing. In amniocentesis,
your doctor will take a sample of this fluid to test for specific genetic disorders
and birth defects. Amniocentesis is usually done
in the second trimester of pregnancy at 15 to 18 weeks. It is generally offered to women
with certain risk factors: –age 35 or older which increases the risk
of chromosomal disorders such as down syndrome. –a previous child or pregnancy
with a birth defect –blood test or ultrasound
suggesting a birth defect such as down syndrome
or neural tube defects –or a family history of genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis. Amniocentesis may also be done
in the third trimester for these reasons: –to determine if the baby’s lungs
are mature enough should early delivery become necessary, –to diagnose a uterine infection, –or to check for anemia in a baby
with Rh incompatibility. To begin your procedure,
your doctor would use ultrasound to create an image of the fetus
and nearby structures on a computer screen. Looking at this image, the doctor can choose a safe place
to insert the needle. Your doctor may give you an injection
of local anesthesia to numb the surface of your abdomen where the amniocentesis needle
is to be inserted. Carefully watching the ultrasound monitor to avoid contact
with the placenta or the baby, your doctor will introduce the thin needle
through your abdominal wall into your uterus
and into the amniotic sac. He or she will then withdraw
a small sample of amniotic fluid, remove the needle, and cover the site with a bandage. Your body will make additional fluid
to replace what was removed. Your doctor
will continue to monitor the ultrasound to check that the fetal heartbeat
is normal and the baby tolerated the
procedure well. You may feel mild cramping or pressure
in your lower abdomen For about 24 hours after your procedure you will be advised
to avoid physical stress such as vigorous exercise,
lifting, prolonged standing,
and sexual activity.

52 thoughts on “Amniocentesis (Amniotic Fluid Test)

  1. ahhh im nervouse, still waiting for tripple tests results….hope i wont have to go thru this….i heard it could cause abortion..:( scary

  2. i was pregnant and i was told i had a gallon extra of fluid does anyone know what could of caused that. i probly should of gotten this done but i had no money to get it done. and in the end i had a stillborn

  3. Amniotic fluid is constantly resorbed during pregnancy by the following sequence of events: The fetus swallows amniotic fluid, amniotic fluid is absorbed into fetal blood through the gastrointestinal tract, and excess amniotic fluid is removed via the placenta and passed into maternal blood. Swallowing defects (e.g., esophageal atresia) or absorption defects (e.g., duodenal atresia) result in polyhydramnnios.

  4. I did it a months ago just because my scors was like 1 on 218 people to have a trisomy 21 baby and i ask how much risque there is to have a miscarriage and they said the chance are low but there is a risk i took the chance and did it because I wanted to make sure of my situation and the night after i start liking amnio fluid i want to hospital they told me it could be over , I was there a few hours and my doctor told me to wait. And see so i did that and my amino fluid was slowly coming back , ok today im at risk and my fluid is there but still low , there Is a risque for hes lung but will see i have to stay bed rest OH and the test was normal ,i belive that I should have done the special ultrasound that they have instead of that because now i don't even know what the futur hold for my baby , i dont recommend this test this is my personal say but they risk or more and I'm suffering not nowing the future and after all that theses doctor just tell u they don't know , nobody know for sure what will happens there is now enuf help after u go true that u just have to sleep here and wait for ur destiny and pray , is Rong , i hope it help understand the risk and what u getting to , is there any one els thts did it ,

  5. omg I'm definitely not having this it's a risk to the baby I known a few to have this and there baby died a few hrs later

  6. My mom is gonna take this risk this coming Monday, she is really nervous. Please support her because, there's some percent that my sister is not normal. Please 😀😊

  7. I'm getting this procedure done next week. I'm really scared but I'm going to take the risk. I've had a complicated pregnancy I just hope this doesn't make things worse.

  8. I've done today this procedure. ..and everything was good. Is like when you have to give blood. Sow good luck and women are the strongest !!!

  9. I knew about amniocentecic to before; but sir
    I have a ques. That's when a baby takes birth than why Dr put the over her mother's stomach

  10. My son wife has polyhydramnios .she is now around 30 weeks of pregnancy.her doctor said that she may do lsc to deliver at this that a good or pad decision.

  11. This is amazing! when fluid is removed the amniotic fluid replaces whatever amount was removed for sampling .

  12. Why would mothers take this dangerous procedure? Now they offer it to all mothers no matter what age, Doctors make extra money wow

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