A IS FOR AM­NIO­CEN­TE­SIS

Little Treasures - - NEW­BORN DAYS -

Early in your preg­nancy you may feel a mix of ex­cite­ment and con­cern that your baby is okay. If you are in a higher-risk group, your mid­wife might sug­gest this test. It’s a di­ag­nos­tic test for Downs Syn­drome and some other con­di­tions, in­clud­ing spina bi­fida. A nee­dle is in­serted through the woman's ab­domen into the uterus to col­lect a small amount of the am­ni­otic fluid. It is usu­ally car­ried out af­ter the 15th week of preg­nancy.

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