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Old 10-04-2010, 03:13 PM   #1
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Hi, mama's. I've posted this in the Due in April '11 section, as well, but then I thought maybe there are other mama's out there that I might be missing out on hearing from if I only posted in my due date section.

I just wanna know one thing...tell me it's not that bad!

I've been taking shots in my stomach, arms and legs since age 9, when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, yet I have to admit for some reason I'm really afraid to go to my next checkup in two weeks because I'll have to start taking the progesterone shots...

I guess I'm just nervous because of all the horror stories I've heard about how painful they can be! I know it's ridiculous that I'm so nervous about yet ANOTHER shot lol...

I also wanted to know if it worked for any of you other mama's? I had my first baby four weeks early, at 36 weeks, 1 day, and I carried him that far because I had a stitch in my cervix. I had my third baby at 33 weeks, 1 day. My second baby was born a couple weeks before the due date, but was still term. I don't know if this makes a big difference or not.

What my doctor wants me to do is come in every 2 weeks from 16 weeks through 36 weeks, and I will get the shot in the clinic at that point.

So... do any of you mama's want to share your experience with these shots?

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Old 10-04-2010, 07:47 PM   #2
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Re: Progesterone shots - your personal experience?...

I just started them- I had my last 2 at 33 weeks and I have little to no faith in the shots, I think they're a money making gimic...and can occasionally work. I am doing it and hope I am wrong and hope for a better outcome than my last two. I have I/C and these shots are thought to help against contractions...and I don't have them, the baby just comes out due to pressure and my broken cervix. My cervix is already pretty darn short before I started the shot at 2.4 cm. I started a week ago, and I had heard horror stories about the pain too and still preemies...but I did find that it was painless. I jumped when she injected it because I was scared it would hurt and it never did...that night my butt cheek felt like someone punched me in it and it was tender but nothing the next morning. I will be getting my next one on Thursday.
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:12 AM   #3
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Re: Progesterone shots - your personal experience?...

Thank you, Anna.

I get my first one on the 18th of this month.

I, like you, am somewhat skeptical but I'm willing to try... I can't see how I would fair well at all with three little ones left behind at home and running back and forth to the hospital for my newest preemie, so I'm doing this while crossing my fingers and saying a little prayer. I'm really hoping it works. I have diabetes so my baby's lungs mature a little slower than average, anyway.

I hope your pregnancy goes well, mama... I read through your blog!
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Re: Progesterone shots - your personal experience?...

They hurt. But most shots aren't super comfortable. But they are definitely worth it. If it will help my babies ever stay a week longer (which happened both times) that is worth it.

I have read bunches of journal articles on it - and statistically it is the only thing that has been shown to help in a preventative way with PTL - and only with single births. It didn't hurt in pregnancies of multiples, but it didn't statistically help.

I got it with DD1 and DD2.

DS - b. 34 weeks
DD1 - b. 35 weeks
DD2 - b. 36 and 6

I would definitely do them again (and I am a shot phobic person).
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I started them at 15 weeks with DD#2 with a history of PTL with my other pregnancies. I won't lie - they hurt a lot. However, I am severely allergic to latex, and there is latex in the thingy that the needle sits in. So I developed a reaction to the shots which caused heat, swelling and pain the night I got the shot.

They did their job, however and kept my baby from being born too early. I made it to term without needing turb or bedrest as I had before.
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They hurt. But most shots aren't super comfortable. But they are definitely worth it. If it will help my babies ever stay a week longer (which happened both times) that is worth it.

I have read bunches of journal articles on it - and statistically it is the only thing that has been shown to help in a preventative way with PTL - and only with single births. It didn't hurt in pregnancies of multiples, but it didn't statistically help.

I got it with DD1 and DD2.

DS - b. 34 weeks
DD1 - b. 35 weeks
DD2 - b. 36 and 6

I would definitely do them again (and I am a shot phobic person).
I feel the same - I'm doing this with the hope that it will keep this one in as long as possible. I'm crossing my fingers that it will work.

Thanks for your input.


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I started them at 15 weeks with DD#2 with a history of PTL with my other pregnancies. I won't lie - they hurt a lot. However, I am severely allergic to latex, and there is latex in the thingy that the needle sits in. So I developed a reaction to the shots which caused heat, swelling and pain the night I got the shot.

They did their job, however and kept my baby from being born too early. I made it to term without needing turb or bedrest as I had before.
Good deal.

Thankfully I don't have any latex allergies but so sorry about your reaction! Did that happen with every shot?

So... with what you ladies have told me, I'm feeling better about getting these shots. Still scared of the pain lol, but feeling better about it.
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:10 PM   #7
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Re: Progesterone shots - your personal experience?...

Though I havn't had them personally, I gave them to my SIL for her third pregnancy. Hers went like this.
DS1 born 33 weeks after 2 weeks on hosp bedrest
DS2 born 31 weeks
DS3 (shot) born at 36+ weeks, he was full term though and went home with mom.
DD1 (shot) born at 37+ weeks full term and went home with mom

So for her they worked amazingly well. She really wanted a large family, but after her first 2 pregnancies it didn't look possible. We found her a high risk specialist, and all was good. Hope that maybe gives you a little hope! Good luck!
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I am taking them this pregnancy after a 35 week and two 34 week pregnancies. Normally I go into pre-term labor around 20-21 weeks and at that point my cervix normally measures around 3cm.

This pregnancy I got a cerclage at 13 weeks and started the injections at 16weeks. An ultrasound last week at 21 weeks showed that my cervix is 4.2cm, so much longer than I have previously seen. I can't say for certain which is really helping, but With both the cerclage and injections I felt that I had nothing to lose by trying them.

I haven't found the injections to be all that painful. My husband gives them too me every Saturday evening. No big deal at all. I have never bruised and only had a single spot of blood show up one time. My insurance doesn't cover the 17P medication at all so I am paying for it out of pocket. I have to have it shipped to me and including that cost, it is only costing me $44 cash each month. So it isn't too terrible expensive.

Anyway, I skipped the injections 1 week and had contractions at a rate of 4-8 per hour and we tracked those contractions and measured my cervix during contractions. The during contraction measurement was 2.8 and was 3.1 at rest. So we decided to go back on the 17P and 1 week later, no contractions and the new measurement (same tech, same ultrasound machine) was 4.2. So I think they are doing something. I guess time will tell if it really helps, but I am definitely doing better this pregnancy than I have previously.
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Though I havn't had them personally, I gave them to my SIL for her third pregnancy. Hers went like this.
DS1 born 33 weeks after 2 weeks on hosp bedrest
DS2 born 31 weeks
DS3 (shot) born at 36+ weeks, he was full term though and went home with mom.
DD1 (shot) born at 37+ weeks full term and went home with mom

So for her they worked amazingly well. She really wanted a large family, but after her first 2 pregnancies it didn't look possible. We found her a high risk specialist, and all was good. Hope that maybe gives you a little hope! Good luck!
Thank you! It does give me hope to hear of women who carried longer with these shots.

I am going to a high risk clinic. I had mine at 36 weeks, 37 weeks, and 33 weeks... my 33 weeker spent three weeks and three days in the hospital, and only came home that fast because I practically spent every waking hour at the hospital nursing her and doing Kangeroo care. She seemed to recover very quickly once I began doing that. My 36 weeker went home in four days, but he grunted a little after birth so they gave him just a little oxygen and then he had some latching problems. It seemed to take forever to get him to nurse and he kept losing weight. It took me nine days of hell to get him to latch on! And yet my 37 weeker was totally fine from the start. Definitely want to make it to 37 weeks again!

I am hopeful that I can carry this one as long as possible, so we can go home very healthy and complication-free.

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I am taking them this pregnancy after a 35 week and two 34 week pregnancies. Normally I go into pre-term labor around 20-21 weeks and at that point my cervix normally measures around 3cm.

This pregnancy I got a cerclage at 13 weeks and started the injections at 16weeks. An ultrasound last week at 21 weeks showed that my cervix is 4.2cm, so much longer than I have previously seen. I can't say for certain which is really helping, but With both the cerclage and injections I felt that I had nothing to lose by trying them.

I haven't found the injections to be all that painful. My husband gives them too me every Saturday evening. No big deal at all. I have never bruised and only had a single spot of blood show up one time. My insurance doesn't cover the 17P medication at all so I am paying for it out of pocket. I have to have it shipped to me and including that cost, it is only costing me $44 cash each month. So it isn't too terrible expensive.

Anyway, I skipped the injections 1 week and had contractions at a rate of 4-8 per hour and we tracked those contractions and measured my cervix during contractions. The during contraction measurement was 2.8 and was 3.1 at rest. So we decided to go back on the 17P and 1 week later, no contractions and the new measurement (same tech, same ultrasound machine) was 4.2. So I think they are doing something. I guess time will tell if it really helps, but I am definitely doing better this pregnancy than I have previously.
I hope you have a healthy term baby this time. Sounds like something is really working for you!

My insurance doesn't cover these shots, either. I had to work out a payment plan with my clinic, but they did it for me and I can just pay them x amount every time I come in for a shot. Works for me!
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Old 10-07-2010, 03:08 PM   #10
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Re: Progesterone shots - your personal experience?...

Since this thread is still hanging around...I got my 2nd 17P shot today and all went well. No reaction and this one didn't hurt much either...don't look at the needle..my neighbor was over and she told me that the needle was huge so I told her to shut up

This time the 'I got punched in the butt' feeling is less than last time, but the actual injection may have hurt a tad more...so all in all it was good and like someone mentioned above...if it holds my little girl in even a few extra days, that is all going to be worth it!
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