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I am going into my Obstetrican tomorrow for the first of two Steriod Injections (I will be week 27). I understand that, in twin pregnancies, they are used to help the babies lungs develop so that if they're born early they won't need to go on a Ventilator or in NICU.
I just wondered if anyone else out there had these injections (either with twin or singleton pregnancies) and whether the procedure is common.
My little girl is now 13 weeks old. I was given the steriod injections twice. Once when they thought I had gone into early labour at 33 weeks (fals alarm) and again just before I had my C Section. It is apparently harmless to the baby it is to help their lungs so they can breathe on their own. My little girl was 3 weeks early and spent the first week of her life in intesive care. She had some breathing problems (associated with being born early and having being born by C Section)
I would not worry - remember the Doctors know what they are doing.
Bye the way my little girl is very healthy now and she doesn not have any problems. The steroid injection is a common procedure.
The worst part about it is when they jab you (it hurts)
Good luck - Im sure all will be fine :)
Hi there Renee,
Thanks very much for the info!! It's greatly appreciated. Another question - where do they give you the injection??
No probs :p
They gave it to me in the bum/thigh - I will warn you it killed me. but it was over in a few seconds.
Good luck - let me know how you go :)
My bub who is now 5 weeks old was in breach with low amniotic fluid and was unexpectantly to come out earlier than we thought - 3 weeks by ceaser due to complications. I was advised to have 2 shots which were to get his lungs going and all was just fine with him weighing a tiny 2645gms !
Good Luck to you !!! :D
Hi there Renee & Heids,
Thank you so much for your responses. In the thigh :eek: :eek: I hate getting needles/injections at the best of time. Does it have to go into a muscle or something? Yukko!!
I'll let you know how I fared tomorrow :(
I had the steroid injections (in my thigh) because they thought that they were going to have to do a c/s at 30 weeks with my son thinking that he had fluid around his heart. It was said that it would give him a fighting chance once delivered and make the job for the neo-natal unit just that bit easier as he wouldn't be quite as sick.
I agree that they are really painful! I have never had an injection that hurt so much, but you willingly go back for the second one as it is for your baby and that is all that matters!
Needless to say, my son was ok and they finally delivered him at 36 weeks with an apgar of 9 at one minute and 10 at 5 minutes. Maybe the steroids had a hand in him being so healthy?
Kyra - Thanks for your reply!! Obviously this is a very common procedure but I just freaked abit as I'd never heard of it before.
I went in this morning and Oweeee :eek: I didn't like it at all but as you said Renee, it's over very quickly. Unfortunately DH has to give me the second one tomorrow :eek: I'll have to remember to be SUPER nice to him tonight :D
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