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