I posted this is 3rd tri yesterday but haven't had any responses...maybe someone here has experienced this? 31 weeks today...
After developing gestational hypertension (high blood pressure) last week (153/100) and spending the weekend on bedrest, I went in today to see the Dr. for a "routine" check. I honestly thought she would tell me my numbers were fine today and that last week was a fluke. Well bp was 148/96 for the entire 3 hours today, refusing to waiver. My Dr. ordered a non-stress test and the baby looks good, but I guess I was having contractions throughout the whole 45 minute test. She told me not to get stressed out because that would just make my bp higher, but then she ordered a round of steroid injections, 1 given today and 1 scheduled for tomorrow morning. I feel like I was fine until that moment, and after hearing I was going to receive steroid injections, I just sobbed. I have seen enough baby shows on TV to know it isn't "standard" anything to be injecting steroids a day shy of 31 weeks. They aren't for me...they aren't for my blood pressure...and they aren't so that if she comes in 4 weeks were ready. I'm just scared and I just want someone to respond and tell me that they too had steroid injections at 31 weeks, but they made it to 37 before delivering. I just don't want her to come out yet....
I had steroid shots--several rounds of steroids, which is not protocol now....but that was in 1999. I'm assuming the doctor explained what the steroids were being given for???? Any way, it is possible to have the steroids and go on to carry the baby longer. I think that's what you're asking.....but I so have pregnancy brain and my ability to think is really impaired..lol.
Try to hang in there....watch some good movies and try to keep your mind from worrying. Thinking of you..keep us posted.
I had steriods at 29 weeks for a different reason but LO managed to stay put until 37 weeks. Sometimes i think they have to be cautious if they think theres a chance they may need to deliver baby and give steriods to mature babies lungs.
Thanks ladies for the responses! I have 3 hours of non-stress tests and BPP ultrasounds tomorrow to make sure baby is still doing good...can't wait to see her again, everytime it makes me feel better! Blood pressure was 151/103 today, so it doesnt appear to be going down...but I'm still hopeful that this baby girl will stay put for several more weeks! I'll be sure to update if anything changes.
I had my steroid shots this week too, waiting game now I am being seen twice a week at the minute until they decide what they are going to do.. There are lots and lots of ladies on here who I have spoken to who are 37 - 38wks pg and were given the steroids... I am so delighted I have had them as my son was prem and didn't get the steroids they make a huge difference.. Try not to worry
I had my two steroid injections at 26 weeks, thinking my baby boy will be born early due to ruptured membranes. I am now 28 weeks tomorrow, and hes still cooking :-). (even though im on glorified bed rest and going mad, but whats best for my son eh). They give you these injections to help the babies lungs if born premature. I would be really really happy if I get to your gestation as that means I would have give my baby 5 more weeks to grow, 31 weeks is really really good in terms of a preemie baby from what I have been told by my docs, as my personal goal is to get my son to 30 weeks, and if he is born anytime after that we have done what we could, so I know your scared, I am as well but you do have odds in your favour :-)
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