Amniocentesis is a prenatal test used to help diagnose genetic diseases and disorders during pregnancy.
Find out more about the results of amniocentesis Before you decide to have amniocentesis, the risks and possible complications will be discussed with you.
One of the main risks associated with amniocentesis is miscarriage, which is the loss of the pregnancy in the first 23 weeks.
For one, the amnio test is expensive, invasive, and can raise the risk of miscarriage.
There are newer, lower-cost alternatives to the amniocentesis test that are lower risk as well.
It's important to remember that you do not have to have amniocentesis if it's offered. A midwife or doctor will speak to you about what the test involves and let you know what the possible benefits and risks are to help you make a decision.
Find out about why amniocentesis is offered and deciding whether to have it Amniocentesis is usually carried out between the 15th and 20th weeks of pregnancy, but you can have it later if necessary.
By sampling the amniotic fluid, we can get cells from the baby’s skin and some other organs to use for genetic testing.”“Testing options for genetic conditions in pregnancy can be split into two categories: screening tests that have no risk, but cannot give definite yes or no answers; and diagnostic tests that can have risks associated but can give definitive yes or no answers,” says O’Toole.
“In the past, it was very common for a pregnant woman to simply decide to have amniocentesis in her pregnancy.
As described, a long, thin needle is inserted through the abdomen into the womb, where it can draw up to 20 m L of amniotic fluid.