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When is it safe to resume power walking after an amniocentesis?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Monica Popov
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: 24-48 hours
Generally, mild activities can be resumed within 24-48 hours of the amniocentesis as long as there is no discomfort.

In brief: 24-48 hours
Generally, mild activities can be resumed within 24-48 hours of the amniocentesis as long as there is no discomfort.
Dr. Monica Popov
Dr. Monica Popov
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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 72 hours
After an amnio, it is best to wait about 3 days before resuming strenuous exercise.
The contractions and movement that are generated by exercise could be enough to interfere with the closure of the hole that is made in the bag of waters at the time of the procedure. Your bag could break which can result in the loss of your pregnancy.

In brief: 72 hours
After an amnio, it is best to wait about 3 days before resuming strenuous exercise.
The contractions and movement that are generated by exercise could be enough to interfere with the closure of the hole that is made in the bag of waters at the time of the procedure. Your bag could break which can result in the loss of your pregnancy.
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Dr. Sheila Goodman
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In brief: 1 week
The needle stick is tiny and theoretically should heal sooner than 1 week, but if it is slow to heal and continues to be a weak spot, exercise like power walking or high impact activity could cause it to open up again.
The consequences of a leaking from the amniotic fluid are very serious, possibly even causing loss of the pregnancy. It is simply not worth the risk to resume activity any sooner.

In brief: 1 week
The needle stick is tiny and theoretically should heal sooner than 1 week, but if it is slow to heal and continues to be a weak spot, exercise like power walking or high impact activity could cause it to open up again.
The consequences of a leaking from the amniotic fluid are very serious, possibly even causing loss of the pregnancy. It is simply not worth the risk to resume activity any sooner.
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
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Dr. David Fein
Preventive Medicine
In brief: 48 hours
Most perinatologists recommend strict bedrest for 24 hours after an amniocentesis.
Another 24 hours of routine, sedentary activity before resuming moderate or extreme exercise would be prudent.

In brief: 48 hours
Most perinatologists recommend strict bedrest for 24 hours after an amniocentesis.
Another 24 hours of routine, sedentary activity before resuming moderate or extreme exercise would be prudent.
Dr. David Fein
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: 3 days
In general, most recommend no strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for 72 hours after this procedure.
Each patient should ask their own doctor recommendations for their specific situation.

In brief: 3 days
In general, most recommend no strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for 72 hours after this procedure.
Each patient should ask their own doctor recommendations for their specific situation.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Few days
The risk of an amniocentesis such as ruptured membranes or infection would show up within a few days of the amniocentesis.

In brief: Few days
The risk of an amniocentesis such as ruptured membranes or infection would show up within a few days of the amniocentesis.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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