Amniocentesis (often referred to as amnio) is a prenatal test that removes amniotic fluid around your baby in the uterus.
What is the process?
1. During this prenatal test (usually performed between 15 and 20 weeks), amniotic fluid around your baby is removed from the uterus.
2. The fluid is then tested to determine if your baby is more likely than others to have a specific condition.
3. If the prenatal screening test results or prior ultrasound are abnormal, you may want to schedule amniocentesis.
Am I at risk of having a baby with a genetic condition or congenital disability?
Your baby may be at an increased risk of developing a congenital disability or genetic condition if you:
- Are 35 or older
- Had a previous pregnancy with a congenital disability
- Have a family history of genetic conditions
- Received abnormal results during your prenatal screening test
If you meet the above criteria, we recommended that you take extra precautionary steps.
What can I expect during an amniocentesis?
1. When you come into our office for amniocentesis, you will lie on your back on an exam table. Dr. Stanley-Christian will then cover your stomach with a thin layer of gel.
2. Next, she will move an ultrasound wand across your belly to find your baby and the placenta.
3. Using the ultrasound as a guide, Dr. Stanley-Christian will put a thin needle through your abdomen and uterus into the amniotic sac.
4. She will then use the needle to remove a small amount of amniotic fluid (less than 1 ounce).
How long will it take to receive the results?
Test results are usually available within 7 business days. Depending on the nature of the test, some results may take longer.
What is the next step after I receive my results?
If amniocentesis shows that your baby has a health condition, you can discuss your options with Dr. Stanley-Christian. Your baby may be able to get treated with surgery or medicines before or after birth. Early knowledge of a congenital disability may help you get ready to care for your baby before he or she is born.
Together, you and Dr. Stanley-Christian can make plans for your baby’s birth to ensure that your baby gets the appropriate and special care right after he or she is born.