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December 21st, 2011, 12:36 PM
Join Date: Nov 2011
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Hi everyone,

Quick background: This is my 8th pregnancy, 5th baby. Here's the summary:
DS1: 40 week - no issues
DD1: 34 weeks PROM (ruptured at 33 weeks)
DS2: 32 weeks PROM (ruptured at 31 weeks)
Loss #1: 14 weeks
Loss #2: 16 weeks
DS3: 32 weeks PROM (ruptured at 32 weeks)
Loss #3: 7 weeks. Heptopic pregnancy (2 embryo's implanted, 1 in tube, 1 in uterus).

As you can see, I have issues staying pg starting at 31 weeks.. My last preemie was in 2006

This time, my doc suggested the progesterone shots (aka 17P) starting at 16 weeks & continuing weekly until 36 weeks.

I'm all for keeping this little one in as long as possible, so I"m leaning towards the shots. However, from everything I've read, there haven't been long term studies regarding the possible effects to the baby.

Does anyone have any experience/thoughts about this? Any where you can point me to do some additional research?

~ Catherine

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December 21st, 2011, 03:40 PM
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Hi there! I'm a PROM mom too, my first was born at 27 weeks 2 days after I PROMd at 26 weeks 6 days. In my second pregnancy, I had the shots starting at I think 18 weeks and lasting until 36 weeks, and my daughter was born at 40 weeks 4 days. No idea if the shots did the trick or if the PROM with my oldest was a fluke...in terms of effects to my daughter, I haven't seen any. She's been totally healthy and developmentally normal so far. That said, she's only 2 months old, so, if there were to be long-term issues it's still pretty early to know, but honestly, it's not something I have been worrying about at all.

FYI, the shots hurt (though not as much as the steroid shots), AND they made me insane moody. Like, the worst PMS mood swings ever, only instead of every month, they were every week. DH learned to be gentle with me on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, because that's when I was nuts. It got a little better as the pregnancy went on, but not much.
~Beth in Seattle

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December 21st, 2011, 05:52 PM
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Thanks so much! I remember the Steroid shots.. along with the mag and ... what else was it?? don't remember... just know they were miserable!

I"ve read that b/c they are compounded in an "oil" based solution, they are thick and hurt.. and need to be injected at a "slow" rate... Also read that icing the injection site helps some... any additional "tricks" that helped?
~ Catherine

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December 21st, 2011, 06:26 PM
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I'm on the shots now. My last one is actually tomorrow. My first was born right at 32 weeks due to PTL. I don't feel most contractions so I had no clue how long I had been in labor for.

This pregnancy I started the shots at 17 weeks and stop them tomorrow (34 weeks). At 31 and 3 days I was in the hospital for something unrelated to pregnancy but found out that I was contracting and dilating. Every DR that I've talked to strongly recommended the shots and says there is no reason to worry as progestone is naturally produced by the body. My husband does the shots and for me they are not painful at all. Every so often I have a bit of stinging around the injection site, but nothing bad at all. Well worth every moment it keeps baby in.

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December 25th, 2011, 09:32 PM
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I had them during my pregnancy I started contracting around 20 weeks and started the shots and bedrest then. I still ended up delivering right at 36 weeks. Baby was/is healthy and didn't need any NICU time. She was 6lbs 4oz at birth.

The shots do hurt a lot. They are in an oil and are thick. They can order different kinds of oil though so if it's super painful for you they can try a thinner oil. I didn't know this until I googled it and requested it from the Dr. It made a bit of difference.

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