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Steroids at 35 weeks.....

(8 Posts)
Abs85 Thu 26-Sep-13 21:00:57

I'm 34 weeks with identical twins. I have been booked in for a C section two weeks tomorrow and have been told today that I need steroid injections next week as my babies are 4lbs each.
What experiences have people had with these injections? And how correct is their estimating weight? I got told it's +\- 15% is this true?
Any advice would be great, trying not to worry.....but it's hard.

LunaticFringe Thu 26-Sep-13 22:38:41

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tory79 Thu 26-Sep-13 22:47:04

I had steroids at 35 weeks in readiness for ds to be born at 36 weeks. This was for his lungs as pp says. He was absolutely fine.

The actual injection is the weirdest feeling though, nothing like a normal injection, you can FEEL the steroids in your vein, to the extent that I asked the nurse if the needle was still in my leg. Very odd!

neversleepagain Fri 27-Sep-13 09:44:57

Hi Abs

My twins girls were born by EMCS at 34 weeks, I had the steroid 48 hours before and it made a big difference to their breathing. Both were able to breath unassisted although twin1 was grunting and they thought she may need cpap, she didn't thankfully. They spent 2 weeks in SCBU and are one on Sunday smile (they were 5lb4 & 5lb8)

Good luck!

neversleepagain Fri 27-Sep-13 09:47:00

About estimating weight, I have heard a lot of people say the sonographers get it wrong very often. However, I had a scan at 34+4 and sonographer said they were around 5lb4 & 5lb8, they were both exactly that when born at 34+5, so spot on!

Mama1980 Fri 27-Sep-13 09:53:10

Hi my ds was born at 24 weeks and steroids made a enormous difference to his lungs. They are routine in any premature delivery.
The injections themselves are strange, not like normal ones It was a strange sensation but not a bad one. I had one in each thigh several hours apart.

plentyofsoap Fri 27-Sep-13 11:21:00

Hi I had them for my ds at 30 weeks and he came at 33 and didn't require any help with breathing. I had them again at 26 weeks this time and now 31 weeks. They make a big difference. No experience of weight on scans although my last one showed baby as being 3ib 8 oz at 29 weeks so I hooe its accurate! Good luck.

elliejjtiny Fri 27-Sep-13 11:32:05

I had the steroid injections when I had DS4 at 35 weeks. His weight was fairly accurate based on the scans. He was on CPAP for 24 hours and home after 4 weeks.

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