Should I opt for an amnio? What is it and is it safe?
An amniocentesis is a special pregnancy diagnostic test most commonly preformed between week 16 and week 20 of pregnancy. This test is done by taking a small sample of the amniotic fluid (the fluid your unborn baby is floating in) to check on your baby's development and to screen for certain chromosomal abnormalities, including Down syndrome.
This is not a routine test. It is suggested primarily to women who are at risk of having a baby with abnormalities. Factors considered when deciding on the need for an amniocentesis include:
- Your age (if you're over 35)
- Your family history
- If you've had positive results from a nuchal fold test done before the week 14 of pregnancy.