Re: Amnio Tomorrow...
I had mine done at 21 wks, now I'm 35. I feel for you when it comes to stress, b/c my dates were off as well. At 18 wks, it showed I was 18.3, which was good, and then I got the triple screen test back, so I decided on the amnio. The day of the amnio they did the US again which rather than showing I was 19wks, showed I was almost 21. No one knew what to do exactly, and kept arguing over which center's US was more accurate and in the end the decision was dumped on me. Where I live, you can only terminate pregnancy upto 23 wks, and I took 2 days off for the test and travelled 5hrs to have the test done, so as you can imagine I was really stressed by the added confusion. I decided to have the test done that day, b/c I just had to know and was really ****** at the lack of competance and coordination by all who were involved.
I did lots of reading on the procedure involved, and everywhere I read, it said that it was painless. So I'm not going to say that it was painful, but it was not painless. Best comparison would be like getting your ears peirced. They say it doesn't really hurt but for that split second it actually does. That's the pain I would say you should expect. So it's not tragic. They told me of many possible complications to expect, so I'm sure they'll go over that in detail w/ you as well. The only thing that I experienced was pretty sore side and back at the level of injection. But it wasn't bad enough that I had to take any pain killers and it was gone the next day. Misscarrage is one of the risks that they list, but it is very low (and if you're fine after a week, you'll be fine). The whole procedure probobly took 3 min from start to finish (1-2 min to find a good spot away from the baby to take sample, 30 sec to collect the fluid, that's it).
Eventhough waiting for the results was pretty stressful as well, I felt much better after the procedure was done, b/c then all I could do was to wait. And after I heard the good news I could enjoy my pregnancy more. So try not to think about it too much, just focus on going, getting it done and going home to get rest. After that everything is out of your hands, let us know how you did, we're here for you, you're not alone.
Last edited by Kiedy; 06-29-2005 at 12:55 AM.