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Amniocentesis | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

After an amniocentesis, the woman should avoid strenuous exercise for 1 to 2 days. One to 2% of women have cramping, spotting, or amniotic fluid leak after the procedure. These effects usually stop within a few days. Test results will be available in 1 to 2 weeks.

What are the potential complications after the procedure?

The biggest risk of amniocentesis is miscarriage. The risk for miscarriage is between 1 in 400 and 1 in 200 amniocenteses. About 1 in 1,000 amniocenteses causes a uterine infection. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: David T. Moran, MD
Reviewer: Barbara Mallari, RN, BSN, PHN
Date Reviewed: 05/30/01

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