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Nine Months : Amniocentesis

This test can be carried out between 14-26 weeks of pregnancy and carries a 1% risk of miscarriage with it. This test is not offered routinely to all women. It is used to confirm or rule out the risk of any genetic disorders like Down's syndrome or abnormalities like spina bifida because of an initial increased risk factor calculated by an AFP or a serum screening test.

Amniocentesis is usually offered when:

the AFP or serum screening results indicate increased risk of Down's syndrome or spina bifida


there is a family history of genetic disorders and your baby may be at risk


ultrasound scan detects an abnormality which could be attributed to a genetic disorder


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