Hi mothers, just thought that it would be good to share this experience with all of you... I just had an amnio done and it was one of the very difficult decisions we had to make. My triple test result (which is a blood test used to measure a woman's risk of having a baby with spina bifida, Edward's syndrome and Down's syndrome) was not exactly ideal. For my age group, the risk of having a Down baby should be 1:500 but my blood test yielded a 1:100 risk. The amnio procedure carries a 1 in 300 miscarrige risk. My hubby and I were in a great dilemma. My first trimester wasn't exactly a piece of cake as I had to deal with severe bloating and nausea and just as I was expecting better days ahead in the second trimester, we were greeted with such news. I still remember the day before I was scheduled for the test...The only thing i could do was to pray and commit everything, especially the health of my baby to God. The day of the amnio finally came. The procedure involved my gynae inserting a long, hollow needle through my abdomen to draw out some amniotic fluid. I was amazed at how painless it was and to begin with, my threshold of pain is almost non-existent...I witnessed the whole procedure with amazement as the straw-coloured fluid was withdrawn with the guide of the ultrasound. My gynae assured me that in all his years of practice, he has never pricked a baby We opted for the express service using a technique (PCR) which would give us the result in 3 days. The days of waiting really drained me but finally, the call from the clinic came. I am thankful for a second normal boy who would be due in Feb 14 2008.