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Hi ladies! I'm wondering if anyone has taken the progesterone shots to prevent preterm labor, and how it worked for you? I'm currently 17 weeks pregnant and high risk due to incompetent cervix and PTL at 31 weeks with my previous pregnancy. I had an ultrasound today and my baby and cervix look fine so far, but they have decided to go ahead and start me on the P17 shots. Just curious if anyone else has had the same problems and what the treatment and results were.
Oooh, I did! My oldest was a preemie, born at 27 weeks due to PPROM. They don't know why I PPROM'd, so in my second pregnancy, they did the shots in case they might help. My daughter was born a few days after her due date--no idea if I went full term because of the shots, or if I was just unlucky the first time around.
I did have a side effect from the shots that isn't in the literature: crazy awful mood swings. Like, the worst PMS mood swings you can imagine, only instead of once a month, they're every week, for 3 days. For me, I got the shots on Friday and was nuts on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Also, the shots hurt a bit because it's a thick liquid, though not as much as the steroid shots I had after I PROM'd.
Wishing you a nice looooooooong pregnancy and a healthy baby in 23 more weeks!
Im glad to hear you made it passed 40 weeks the second time around. That's awesome! I remember you had your baby a few months ago since I also visit the nicu board I aleady have mood swings so I hope I don't have that problem with the shots. Did u self administer the shots?
I was too wimpy to do the shots at home, and my doctor's office is only 10 blocks from my work, so I went in to have them done. One of my NICU friends (who also PPROMd and also went overdue with her second!) had her husband do them, but DH said he didn't want to hurt me.
Also, I'm not sure if they've told you about having them compounded vs. buying the brand name ones, but you'll save your insurance company a LOT of money if you buy the compounded ones instead. So, if you've got a compounding pharmacy near where you live, I'd recommend buying compounded ones if you can.
I PPROM'd at 34 weeks with DS, so got the P17 shots with DD. She made it to 36 weeks, but I didn't get the last shot. I also went to the doctor weekly to get them.
Seattlite is right, they are viscous so the shot is not pleasant, and several times I ended up with a knot in my hip for the entire week. Still, I think it probably did help. I just found out yesterday that I'm pregnant again, I think we'll be planning on getting them again.
Alisha, mom to:
Marcus - Jan '09
Lauren - March '10
Caroline - November '12
I also did the progesterone shots. First baby delivered at 25.5 wks after I PPROM'ed. Second baby born on the 4th of this month at 39 wks! Yippee!
I didn't seem to have any negative side effects to the shots other than the occasional soreness at the site. And I'm sure those that did have reactions would agree that it's worth it all!
I have a PROM baby as well 32 weeker, my last pregnancy I was on P-17 shots and made it 36 weeks this pregnancy I will start my injections again at 16 weeks. I think they help a lot coupled with other methods to avoid pre term labor. Good luck to you.
Thank u ladies for your responses! I will be starting my shots today and hoping I have as much success as all of u did. Fingers crossed for a healthy full term baby boy that I can take home with me when I leave the hospital