1. Which doctor do I consult?
You should consult your obstetrician & gynaecologist.
2. Who are the women who have to undergo this procedure?
Women who have an increased risk of certain birth defects or malformations in the foetus. Women in their mid 30's and above, especially if its their first pregnancy.
3. Why is this test done?
It is done to test for any birth defects and certain other genetic conditions.
4. When is this procedure usually done?
It is usually done between 15 and 20 weeks of pregnancy.
5. Why is an ultrasound used during the procedure?
Ultrasound helps in fixing the positioning of the baby and the location of a suitable amount of amniotic fluid for draining.
6. Are there any risks due to the procedure?
There is a small risk of miscarriage (1 in 300 or less).
Some women have cramping, spotting or leaking of amniotic fluid after the procedure.