Has anyone here ever had an amniocentesis?

Discussion in 'Pregnancy - Third Trimester' started by brunette&bubs, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. brunette&bubs

    brunette&bubs Mommy to James

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    What was your experience? And i want details!
    How bad did it hurt and what results were you getting?

    I'm having a list of health issues which is concerning my OB so much that she is warranting my induction at 38 weeks instead of 39 like we planned :cry:

    So I'm booked on Feb 9th to get an amniocentesis to make sure LOs lungs are mature and if they are then i will be induced that day.

    Also, one last question...how likely is it that my babys lungs will be mature when I get the amnio?

    Obviously, this is not how I would want things to go...of course i would want to go natural :cry::cry::cry:
     
  2. tennismom

    tennismom Well-Known Member

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    Doesnt' hurt at all. I had an amnio for the same reasons - to see if the lungs were mature. I had it done at 37 weeks and they weren't mature!! they were off by .2 points or something, so waited until the next week for my c-section (38 weeks) I guess they matue by .1 each day, so a week later, the doc. said it would be fine.

    It doesn't hurt at all - more just nervous beforehand. They clean your stomach, use an u/s to see where they are getting the fluid from. . once they find a good pocket of fluid the needle goes in. My high risk doc. did the test while the u/s tech kept the u/s 'wand' on my stomach. . we saw the baby the entire time. The only risk is that it can cause your water to break right away, so you go into labor right then and there. . and if thelungs aren't mature, then your baby is at risk, etc. But, by 38 weeks, you should be fine.
    Also, it didn't hurt - just feels like a pin prick. Very weird sensation though, but only takes 5 min.
    Don't worry!!!!!!!
     
  3. brunette&bubs

    brunette&bubs Mommy to James

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    Wow, thank you so much for the information tennismom.

    Was your belly in pain when they sent you home?
     
  4. S_a_m_m_y

    S_a_m_m_y It's a BOY!!

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    doesnt really hurt anymore than what an IV stick feels like. the only thing I felt afterwards was a stinging feeling at sight I was stuck with the needle.
     
  5. river_mommy

    river_mommy Well-Known Member

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  6. tennismom

    tennismom Well-Known Member

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    nope, wasn't in pain at all when I went home. But, that night I felt kind of crampy and sore where the needle went in. The next day I felt fine!
    Good luck. :)
     

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