Amniocentesis Procedure

Amniocentesis Procedure

Amniocentesis, testing of the amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby in the uterus, is a vital tool in assessing the well-being of babies in certain women. An amniocentesis is performed between the thirteenth and eighteenth week of pregnancy. The purpose of the test is to count and analyze the number of chromosomes present. Chromosomes contain the genetic material or blueprint that makes us human and determines what we look like and how we function.

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Amniocentesis
This procedure is used to extract amniotic fluid from around the baby in order to test for complications. The fluid is removed by using a needle inserted into the abdomen around 16 - 18 weeks. Women over the age of 35 are recommended to get this test done due to the increased risk of Down's syndrome presented by advanced maternal age. This test will reveal: Chromosomal Disorders, 200 Single Gene Disorders, Baby's Gender.
Amniocentesis Procedure
Amniocentesis Procedure
An area of skin on the mother's abdomen is cleansed using a Betadine-type of solution. The mother's abdomen is then covered with a sterile towel that has a hole in the center. The area of needle insertion may or may not be anesthetized with a local anesthetic solution injected just under the skin.
Ultra-Sound Guidance
Ultra-Sound Guidance
Under constant ultra-sound guidance, a needle is then inserted through the mother's abdomen, through the uterus and into the sac surrounding the baby. The needle insertion is only uncomfortable for Mom when the needle first penetrates the skin. After that, Mom just feels pressure as the needle is inserted further.  Once the needle reaches a safe place, a small amount of fluid (approximately 30 cc) is withdrawn.  Within 24 hours this fluid will be replaced by the baby.
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