(HealthDayNews) -- Amniocentesis is a diagnostic test that some women have during pregnancy. The procedure can be helpful in identifying problems among the unborn, advises the Calgary Health Region.
If your doctor has scheduled amniocentesis, here's what you can expect:
- The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis.
- An ultrasound is often done before or during the procedure to determine the amount of amniotic fluid, the location of the placenta, and the position of the baby.
- During the procedure, a fine needle is inserted through the abdomen into the uterus, and a small amount of fluid is drawn out into a syringe.
- The sample of amniotic fluid is then sent to a lab for analysis.