The healthcare team may meet with you to talk about:
Any allergies you may have
Current medicines, herbs, and supplements that you take and whether you need to stop taking them before the procedure
Whether you need a ride to and from the procedure
The doctor will give you a local anesthesia. The area will be numbed.
Description of the Procedure
will be used during the procedure. This will let the doctor see where the needle is. The belly will be cleaned. A very thin needle will be inserted through the skin and into the uterus. A few teaspoons of amniotic fluid will be removed. The needle will be removed. The doctor will make sure that the baby's heartbeat is normal.
How Long Will It Take?
About 45 minutes
Will It Hurt?
Cramps and light bleeding are common in the first few hours after the test.
At the Care Center
Right after the procedure, the staff may:
Monitor the baby
Ask you to rest on your left side
Rest will be needed in the first 24 hours before going back to activities. The health team will call with the test results.
Call Your Doctor
Call the doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
Signs of infection, such as fever and chills
Nausea or vomiting
Pain or cramping in the belly
Blood or fluid leaking from the vagina
Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the amniocentesis site
New or worsening symptoms
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
Chorionic villus sampling: CVS. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: http://americanpregnancy.org/prenatal-testing/chorionic-villus-sampling. Accessed July 21, 2020.
Delaney M, Matthews DC. Hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn: managing the mother, fetus, and newborn. Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program. 2015;2015:146-151.
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