• has anyone had to have one?  what was it like? 

  • An amniocentesis detects chromosomal abnormalities. Prior to the start of the procedure, a local anesthesic is administered to relieve any discomfort during the procedure. Once the local has numbed the area, a needle is inserted through the abdominal wall, then through the wall of the uterus, and into the amniotic sac. An ultrasound is used to guide the needle through the sac. There is some pain during the procedure; however, everyone has a different pain threshold, so it is difficult to determine the exact amount of pain. It is more of a menstrual, cramping-like pain, rather than a sharp pain. It is no painful than a simple injection. Let us know how it turns out! Good luck! And relax!