Amniocentesis:
What is it?

Amniocentesis:
How is it Used?


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Amniocentesis Side Effects and Warnings

Side Effects and Warnings

#Possible Complications

If you are planning to have an amniocentesis, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Miscarriage —less than 1% risk
  • Bleeding, cramping, and leaking fluid from the vagina
  • Infection
  • Harm to the fetus by needle (rare)
  • Mixing of blood if you and your baby have different blood types
  • Need for repeat testing

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Obesity
  • Previous abdominal surgery

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.

#Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain or cramping in the lower abdomen or shoulder
  • Vaginal bleeding or a loss of fluid from the vagina
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the amniocentesis site
  • New, unexplained symptoms

In case of an emergency, call 911.

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