Amniocentesis Procedure

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Amniocentesis is a procedure that is usually performed in the second trimester between 15 and 18 weeks of pregnancy. This procedure allows the physician to detect problems with the babies health. Chromosomal abnormalities such as Down Syndrome and Trisomy 18 can be detected with amniocentesis. This procedure will also detect lung maturity in the third trimester which determines if the babies lungs are mature enough should early delivery become necessary. It is offered to women who are 35 and above or if the woman has had a previous child or pregnancy with a birth defect.
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