Amniocentesis Test is the procedure in which amniotic fluid gets collected from the mother’s uterus to detect any problems or abnormalities with the baby’s health in its early stages. The baby is surrounded by the amniotic fluid that provides the baby with nourishment and protection. It contains fetal cells that provide genetic material for testing. The procedure is usually done in between 15-20 weeks and is recommended to -
One should keep in mind that this test does not determine every birth defect, it helps to detect the following: Down syndrome, Neural tooth defects or a family genetic disorder like Cystic Fibrosis. In the later stages, the test gets performed to check whether the baby’s lungs have matured enough to handle the severity if an early delivery becomes necessary.
Amniocentesis Procedure commences with your doctor cleaning a small area of the abdomen with antiseptic. To reduce the discomfort, the doctor usually applies anaesthesia locally. The doctor then performs an ultrasound to determine the location of the baby in the uterus. By locating the baby with the help of ultrasound, a thin hollow needle gets inserted to your uterus and into your amniotic sac to collect a small amount of amniotic fluid for testing purposes. The small portion in the abdomen gets bandaged after the needle gets removed. Your body will make up for the loss of fluid during the test. Amniocentesis Test is performed with extreme caution so that the baby does not get injured while inserting the needle. In the case of twins, each baby has its own sac, so the doctors collect fluids in two different containers.
These are the basic Amniocentesis Procedure steps in the mother’s body. The doctor continues to perform the ultrasound to check whether the baby has tackled the process by monitoring its heartbeat.
The test is usually a very safe and secure process to determine the baby’s health and growth, but in rare cases, few side effects can occur. The procedure can cause injury to the baby or the mother, it can cause infection, and it can even lead to premature delivery of the child.
After the procedure finishes, you can feel some dizziness and cramps. The doctors will advise you to rest for the day and avoid intense physical exercises for a day or two. If you encounter some major side effects like Bleeding from the vagina, leaking of amniotic fluid from the abdominal spot, severe cramp, unusual fatal movements etc, you should contact the doctor for an immediate consultation.
We, at New Ramkrishna Seva Sadan, provide the best in class facility with modern pieces of machinery to accommodate the Amniocentesis Test. We have professionals with years of experience in our ranks to manage pregnancy complications and tackle the situation according to its severity. We concentrate on delivering you healthy parenthood.
Dr. Vinayak Das provides excellent care by using specialised cutting-edge technology. He is currently practicing at New Ramkrishna Nursing Home Clinic, Siliguri which is a renowned Nursing Home of Siliguri dedicated for Gynaecological, Maternity care etc. He is the director of New Ramakrishna Nursing Home.