steroid injections

(9 Posts)
haylezu85 Mon 23-May-16 06:56:35

Hi I have been advised to have steroid shots before my c section to mature the baby's lungs ready for delivery at 38 weeks. Any experience with this?

Marymaymay Mon 23-May-16 07:00:23

I had this done a couple of weeks ago incase of early labour.

It goes into your thigh and I'm not going to lie to you, it hurts. Strange that they ae doing it at 38 wks, I thought baby's lungs were ok by then but I'm sure they know more about this than me.

I had 2 shots, the first time the nurse didn't tell me how painful it would be so I think I tensed up with the shock. The second time I took my best mate with me who allowed me to squeeze her hand and because I knew what was coming it was easier.

I'm not a wuss either, my baby was IVF conceived so well used to giving myself big whacking injections on a regular basis.

Tis worth it is your baby is ok and I was fine 5 mins afterwards.

Good luck smile

haylezu85 Mon 23-May-16 07:04:12

Thanks
Yes heard that they sting. Definately worth it tho. Apparently it's because it's a c section and it's harder to clear there lungs , they haven't offered them with a normal delivery.

Marymaymay Mon 23-May-16 07:23:20

Oh blimey, I'm in for a C section in 4 weeks for a transverse baby...

Didn't know this means another shot.

Think I'd rather try and give birth shoulder first...

When's your C section?

welshweasel Mon 23-May-16 07:34:15

Sting is an understatement! Seriously they aren't too bad, keep wiggling your toes as it goes in. They give it to any planned section before 39 weeks to reduce chance of respiratory distress in the baby.

Nectarines Mon 23-May-16 07:34:50

I had steroid injections before section at 38 weeks. I'm diabetic and the steroids sent my sugar levels sky high but other than that it was fine!

If section is after 39 weeks, I don't think you get them.

ToucanPlayThatGame Mon 23-May-16 07:47:34

I had them for a planned c section at 37 weeks. They do hurt. I found cuddling a pillow really hard helped for the second dose.

WanderingTrolley1 Mon 23-May-16 07:59:07

I had 2 shots when threatened with preterm labour at 28 weeks.

They hurt a lot, but wiggling my lower legs and toes maybe helped a little.

haylezu85 Mon 23-May-16 08:01:36

Thanks, it is planned for the 8 th the day I turn 38 weeks... Due to cholestasis . Baby is breech , if he turns I can go in for induction.

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