What is an amniocentesis like?

Not too bad. Amniocentesis at 18-20 weeks feels like a cramping sensation. A little bit of pain, but fleeting. Amniocentesis at term hardly feels painful at all as the uterus is so stretched.

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What is amniocentesis like?

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 Amniotic fluid is withdrawn.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. Read more...

What will amniocentesis be like?

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. Read more...
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 Syringe is attached; fluid is withdrawn.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. Read more...