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Discharge Instructions for Amniocentesis

You had an amniocentesis. This is a prenatal test. It helps you learn whether a fetus has health problems. The test is most often done between the 15th and 18th week of pregnancy. It is also done to check the condition of the lungs of a baby that will be delivered several weeks early.

Home Care

  • Limit your activity for 24-48 hours after the procedure.

  • Know the risks involved with amniocentesis. This can help you recognize if you are having complications. Make sure you understand the following risks:

    • Loss of blood

    • Infection

    • Harm to the baby from the needle

    • Harm to the placenta or cord from the needle

    • Premature breaking of the amniotic sac

    • Premature labor or contractions

    • Miscarriage

  • Don’t be alarmed if you have some brief, mild cramping. This is normal.

  • Make an appointment to speak with a genetic counselor about the test results.

Follow-Up

Make a follow-up appointment with your health care provider. Our staff will give you directions.

When to Call Your Health Care Provider

Call your health care provider right away if you have any of the following:

  • Fever above 100.4°F (38.0°C) or chills

  • Bright red vaginal bleeding or a smelly discharge

  • Contractions or severe cramping

  • Liquid vaginal discharge that doesn’t stop

  • Decreased movement of the baby

 

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