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Amniocentesis

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Introduction
Amniocentesis is a diagnostic test carried out during pregnancy to assess whether the unborn baby could develop an abnormality or serious health condition.
Why amniocentesis should be done
Amniocentesis is a diagnostic test to detect a serious or potentially serious disorder in an unborn baby (foetus).
When amniocentesis should be done
Amniocentesis is usually performed during weeks 15 to 20 of the pregnancy.
How amniocentesis is performed
Amniocentesis is a procedure that involves removing a small sample of amniotic fluid from the womb so that it can be tested in a laboratory.
Complications of amniocentesis
Amniocentesis is a fairly common and safe procedure. However it is important to be aware of the possible complications during or after amniocentesis.
Results of amniocentesis
After you've had the amniocentesis procedure, the sample of amniotic fluid that surrounds the unborn baby in the womb will be taken to a laboratory for testing.