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Amniocentesis is a procedure that is done during the second trimester of pregnancy (16 weeks) that tests for certain birth defects or genetic conditions of the fetus. During the amnio procedure, amniotic fluid is collected from the uterus. The doctor will insert a very thin needle through the patient’s abdomen, which amniotic fluid will be drawn and then submitted to the lab for testing. Results should be ready in 10-14 business days from the time the procedure was completed.

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