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Q&A: Decrease amnio/CVS miscarriage risk?

We've decided to go through with prenatal diagnostic testing. Is there any way I can decrease the risk of miscarriage?

Re: We've decided to go through with prenatal diagnostic testing. Is there any way I can decrease the risk of miscarriage?

The Bump Expert

Definitely. First, make sure you’re working with an experienced provider. If you’re referred to a specialist or a testing center, ask about their procedure-related miscarriage rate and how many tests they perform yearly (we recommend finding someone who does fifty or more). Make sure the ultrasound technician is also experienced -- this reduces the risk of injury in amniocentesis, and increases the chances that a sample will be obtained on the first attempt.

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. Your pregnancy and birth. 4th ed. Washington, DC: ACOG; 2005.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Decrease amnio/CVS miscarriage risk?

For any of you reading the bump advice who are not sure whether to undergo prenatal testing, please consider taking part in an NIH study. We are looking at ways to help women who are ambivalent about what they want to do make decisions about testing. Please check out the link: ACOG Website Coordinator, I am writing to inquire about whether ACOG would be willing to provide a link to an NIH study of patients making prenatal testing decisions. The aim of our study is to address the role of ambivalence in making these decisions by testing the feasibility of two different interventions aimed at reducing ambivalence and improving informed decision making. I have provided a link to the study below. I would be most grateful if you could provide this in a location that you think might be most accessible to pregnant women facing decisions about prenatal testing. Thank you for your time and efforts, Barb Biesecker http://research.nhgri.nih.gov/SBRB/Prenatal/

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Q&A: Decrease amnio/CVS miscarriage risk?

the only way you can miscarriage by having cvs is if your doctor is inexperienced and makes a mistake and goes too far down and punctures the sac. make sure the doctor is very experienced. sometimes your body will miscarriage anyway, so it is hard to tell why the miscarriage occurred. I recently had the cvs testing done on three fetuses. i watched the whole thing on the tv. If you have any genetic anomolies in your family it is recommended that you do the testing. it was over in a short period of time and i could watch the doctor at work and made sure she did not puncture the amniotic sac. one sac hurt, once sac felt like someone was scraping and one i didnt feel at all.. it is NOT excruciating pain. It is well worth the experience to find out..

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