Most Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommend that you have an amniocentesis when you about almost four months pregnant if you have risk factors. This is recommended to woman over 30 years old, but in some cases, the doctor may recommend this to a younger woman.
However, having this test is entirely your choice. Before having this test, the doctor will send you for blood tests which can detect up to 60% of babies with Down Syndrome and therefore may help the argument for having the Amnio test.
What does Amnio mean, Amniotic fluid in your womb? Rather known as Amniocentesis
It helps identify if your unborn baby could have a problem with down syndrome – a specific genetic condition.
The amniotic fluid which surrounds your baby contains the baby’s cells and is made by the placenta initially, but later in your pregnancy, it is made from the baby’s kidneys; they are collected and then tested. In an aseptic environment, the doctor will use a needle guided by the ultrasound and extract approximately 15 – 20ml of fluid. This is then sent to the laboratory. This procedure is quick and in most cases, the only pain felt is when the needle goes in.
It is important to discuss this with your doctor, firstly the outcome of the test and what will your choices be? There are cases that some women have had a miscarriage after the test, but thankfully these are rare. Your Obstetrician will be able to quote you percentages of miscarriages following Amnio tests.
Your obstetrician will be able to quote you percentages of miscarriages following these tests.
This may all seem frightening, but most babies are born healthy; your doctor will continue to monitor your pregnancy with regular appointments and 4D ultrasound.
Don’t let anyone rush you into and decisions, this is your body and your baby. Speak to the doctors and find some support groups that can help you clear your mind and from that point, you can decide to have the test or not.