Of all the medical procedures you and your belly go through during your pregnancy, the amniocentesis might be one of the most cringe-worthy. And with good reason, since having a large needle inserted into your abdomen (right near your baby) is enough to freak anyone out. So if your OB orders an amnio, you might be afraid — and that’s completely normal. That’s why we asked these 10 moms to tell us all about their experiences. For example, does amniocentesis hurt? As it turns out, there's probably no need to worry.
Apart from the reasons why it’s important, what should you expect to physically feel if you need to have an amnio? “An amniocentesis should not be painful,” OB/GYN Dr. Renee Wellenstein M.D. tells Romper. “Typically, if a woman experiences any discomfort, it consists of only some mild cramping, like she would have with a menstrual cycle, or maybe some pressure.” Symptoms that are not okay: Severe cramping or pain, leaking fluid or blood vaginally, and fever are not normal, and a pregnant woman should consult her doctor immediately.