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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
- 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:
- 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.