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What will amniocentesis be like?

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Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
Not so bad: The doctor will look for a pocket of amniotic fluid using ultrasound. He or she will then introduce a long but very thin needle into this pocket and withdraw some fluid. The needle is a little painful going into the skin but it is very thin so it should not be severe. There is a cramp when it goes through the uterine wall. Most women think it wasn't as bad as they feared.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
A 'pinch' or 'ouch'?: Typical method: consent is obtained; questions answered. Ultrasound is used to find best location for needle. Iodine is wiped on skin. Ultrasound is placed on abdomen again. Skin may be numbed by injection. Amniocentesis needle (long but thin) is inserted through abdominal wall into amniotic sac. Syringe is attached; fluid is withdrawn. Heartbeat is checked. Skin is cleaned. Instructions are given.

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What is amniocentesis like?

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Dr. Charles Whiting
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
Like an ultrasound..: Its like getting an ultrasound of your baby. While doing the ultrasound, the doctor looks for a pocket of amniotic fluid. Under direct visualization with the ultrasound, the needle is inserted into the fluid pocket. Amniotic fluid is withdrawn. The needle is removed. Its usually not more painful than a flu shot. Best wishes.

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