Amnio

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Amnio

Has anyone had an amnio in early pregnancy? I had one with DS at 38 weeks to check his lungs which is how we learned he didn't have enough fluid (c-section that day) and they couldn't actually remove fluid. It was uncomfortable but not horrible. I'm just wondering what it's like and if it all turned out ok?

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I wouldn't have one. Termination isn't an option for us and to me, the risk of a miscarriage is just too great.

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I couldnt do it, the risk of m/s is to great of a risk for me and like pp termination just isnt an option. I'll love this baby no matter the flaws (:

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That's my feeling, too. I know there are other ways of telling if there's something wrong besides an amnio. At what age do they encourage you to have an amnio, btw? I think I'm too young but I'm not sure.

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I think health care providers recommend the amnio after age 35. I am 41 and my doctor has been "suggesting" I have the NT scan and the amnio but I refused both. As with the other ladies I would never end the pregnancy if anything was "abnormal" so it was not something I considered.

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Amnios are usually offered to mothers of advance maternal age (over 35 :rolleyes:).

If the amnio is done at a hospital by trained staff who do them routinely, the risk is very very small. If it is done at a hospital who does them infrequently, the risk is low but more possible. There are lots of blood tests/ultrasound markers that make people less likely to get an amnio without some reason beyond their age.

Lots of the blood test/ultrasounds may give an indication of symptoms but not necessarily the cause. The amnio can indicate the cause. It is also not just for termination of a viable baby. There are several (rare) diseases that are common in certain populations or families that results in late fetal death/survival of only a few hours/survival only with medical intervention that may not be possible at all hospitals or at a home birth.

Everybodys reason for an amino is different. Some are frivolous, some are undecided, some want to be prepared and some are already decided.