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Can amniocentesis be done in the first trimester?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Doctors do not recommend that you get amniocentesis done in the first trimester. There is a greater risk of miscarriage and injury to the baby at this time. Most amniocenteses are done in the second trimester and sometimes in the third.

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