Within the early stages of the 2nd trimester, your obstetrician may ask you to come in for a procedure called amniocentesis. This procedure will be carried out by a medical professional like Dr Gary Swift who is an obstetrician and gynaecologist, who specialises in reproductive medicine and technology.

Amniocentesis – Ultrasound

The doctor will use an ultrasound to work out where is best to direct a needle in order to retrieve two tablespoons of amniotic fluid. The purpose of this amniocentesis procedure is be able to give prenatal diagnosis of chromosomal abnormalities or fetal infections – this test can also used to determine the babies sex.

Amniocentisis – amniotic fluid

A clear, pale yellow fluid that is contained within the amniotic sac, which is otherwise known as ‘bag of waters’. It is in the amniotic sac where the fetus develops. The amniotic fluid is a protective, liquid found in the amnion – a sort of inner membrane. The amnion sits within the chorion, which is part of the placenta.

Amniocentisis – twins

In the case of fraternal twins, a second insertion of the needle will be needed during the amniocentisis procedure.

Amniocentisis – health of the uterus

The uterus of the human female is otherwise known as metra or the womb and is the muscular organ where the baby grows. The amniocentisis procedure is largely about ensuring the uterus continues to be a healthy place for healthy baby growth through the 2nd Trimester.

Amniocentisis – Second Trimester

The amniocentisis procedure will take place within the 2nd Trimester, which makes up weeks 13 to 27 of pregnancy. As the mother moves through second trimester they usually experience less morning sickness and fatigue. Between weeks 18th and 22nd your obstetrician will call you in for an ultrasound to monitor the progress of what is a rapid growth phase of the pregnancy. Some of the other physical changes the mother may experience in the second trimester is backache due to the rapid increase in body weight. Sitting in supportive seating and sleeping on one’s side with a pillow between the legs can be useful.

There are more physical changes that can take place and these as well as advice and recommendations in which to deal with them can be learned from the obstetrician.

Dr Gary Swift, with the support of midwife Stephanie Pepper, have served many Gold Coast families with pregnancy plans and enjoy seeing the smiles on the faces of parents as they witness the birth of a healthy baby to call their own.

To make a booking with the Dr Gary Swift Fertility Clinic you can contact direct on 07 5564 6017 or via online by clicking on this link – www.drgaryswift.com.au