What risks are associated with amniocentesis?
Amniocentesis is considered safe, but it is an invasive procedure. About 1 in 200 women will develop an infection or some other complication after their amniocentesis that results in miscarriage. Some women leak amniotic fluid or lose a small amount of blood from the vagina. In some very rare cases, the needle may touch the baby, leading to complications.
A high temperature, uterine contractions and/or tenderness, or feeling chilly and hot by turns indicate an infection. If you have any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. Any leaking of amniotic fluid will probably stop of its own accord within a few days. You will probably be advised to rest in bed until it does.
If you’re not sure whether to have an amniocentesis, or if you’re very anxious about the procedure, talk about your concerns with your doctor beforehand. She will be able to give you all the pros and cons, and tell you exactly what will happen during your amniocentesis. She may also refer you to a genetic counsellor for more information.
Will I get the results of my amniocentesis straight away?
Unfortunately not. The sample has to be sent away to a laboratory to be cultured. It can take as long as two weeks to grow a sufficient number of your baby’s cells to reach a diagnosis. This can seem like a very long wait, and you may find it helps to keep busy during this time.
How much does amniocentesis costs?
The cost of the test varies in India. On your request we can take a quote from the hospital and send you for your consideration.