Know anything about Amnio's?

Hi Everyone,

Well I'm going to go off topic a little today cause I'm officially freaking out and I'm hoping some of you can give me some advice. I've had a nuchal translucency scan and they have decided that I need to have an amniocentisis as I am in a very high risk group.

So my question is have you had one? Do you know anyone who has had one? Did it hurt much?

I'm not looking forward to this at all! At this stage it looks like I'll be having the test not next week the week after. So any advice or tips you have to share with me would be greatly appreciated!

Looking forward to your input guys. THANKS!


Deb D said…
This is a tough one Kyra because it is such a personal choice. You probably have already but if it was me I'd be asking heaps of questions, like what do they mean by you are in a very high risk group? I know that they test for disability (3 main ones I think). What are the risks with the test etc and would it make any difference to your decision? (a question not a judgement). I'd chat to the doctor and do a Google search and be as informed as I said very personal one.
I wish you all the very best.
The Scrap Miser said…
Hi Deb,
I know what you mean. The main reason I consented was because the risk of miscarriage from the test is low and not substantiated and tests so far place me at a one in six chance of foetal aneuploidy. One of the tests they've done shows I'm at extra risk of foetal loss, growth restriction, preterm birth, pre-eclampsia and placental abruption.

I know from my time in x-ray that there are certain conditions that the foetus will not continue to birth from. So I'm looking to be informed. Not sure what I'll do with the information yet.... That's for another FREAK OUT!

I googled amnio's and got nothing good but then my DH found a site with women discussing their experiences and most of them say the test is uncomfortable not painful? Don't know if I believe that yet..... a big needle through the stomach sounds painful!
Anonymous said…
I had an amnio about 8-1/2 years ago and I felt nothing at all except a little pressure going in, definitely less pain than a flu shot due to a lack of nerve endings in the area. DH made me nervous though because he was watching and freaking out. He said the needle looked like it was piercing the baby, but the doctor said it was not, only that the screen was 2-D and not 3-D. I had it after a test showed an extra chromosome in the placenta, but my baby came out fine.
The Scrap Miser said…
Thank you so much for this. It's given me some peace of mind. I'm going in tomorrow and am a little less scared now. Thanks!

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