Can anyone give me some advice on this???? Thanks!
Good luck to you
Originally Posted by amnesiac
I personally wouldn't get it just for the heck of it. I'd have to have a really good reason to believe the babies would be early enough to need it.
If you haven't had any PTL, I would talk with your doc about why he thinks it's necessary.
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#3 edd 10/12/05
I don't regret having taking the steroids, though I am now nearly at term and did not need them, but I would definitely not take them without good reason.
Another issue to keep in mind is blood sugar levels. I failed my 1 hr GTT and couldn't tolerate the 3 hour so I was checking my blood sugars at home. The steroids can elevate blood sugar levels for up to 2 weeks after getting the injections. I didn't realize this and actually lost weight during that time because it seemed like anything I ate increased my blood sugar and so I really cut back on carbs. Wish I had realized the true culprit.
Steriods do serve a purpose when needed. But to just give them "just because" is rediculous.
p.s. I had my babies at 40 weeks 1 day. THere is no reason to assume you will go early just because it is twins. Especially if you have no signs of ptl. (or any other issue which would cause a need for emergency c)
All I've read is a NIH consensus chapter on this topic, and the chapter agrees with what you are saying. This might sound weird -- and i think it's kind of bad that i'm saying this -- but i'm trying to pick my battles with this doctor. She's the best i could find, but she does have some weird things like this...
I'm getting an u/s tomorrow, then i plan to use those results to talk with her about whether the steroids still make sense. I think she's being very "conservative" (her word) with my care b/c i'm an American living in India and there's all this weirdness about wanting to prove that the care is up to date....meanwhile i think i'm a bit more well-read and clear about my wants than the average indian patient....so it's kind of complicated, you know?
Thanks a lot for your help!
Oh - and I agree with everyone about the Steroids. I live in Canada and it was offered to me more in the manner of "this is something we could do if you feel you need it" so maybe your doctor is just covering her bases.
good luck with the appointment
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