Hi Moms, I am on my 3rd pregnancy. I am now 24 wks and began (as I did with my 1st 2 pregnancies) contracting. This contracting has been stopped with Mag and I have been on Trebutaline with my previous 2 pregnancies. I had great success with Trebutaline, other than it's a bit scary that I went into labor as soon as I stopped taking the stuff. Anyway, my doc wants me to go on Procardia this time. I've done my research and I see Trebutaline is no longer suggested for use for preventing pre-term labor. I guess I am nervous about trying something new because I have had success with the other. So, I am looking for personal experiences with Procardia. Doc prescribed 10 mg every 6 hours. Thanks for any comments!
I did! I had PTL due to a huge pocket of blood in with DD. The bleed/PTL was at 28 weeks and for 10 weeks I was either in the hospital due to other complications or on strict bedrest at home. I really liked the Procardia, way better than the Terb and way, way better than the mag and Terb cocktail. I did find that I needed to remember to take it exactly when it was due or I'd start getting crampy. I was on it until I hit week 36 and I went into labor (PROM, so still no contx) at exactly 37 weeks. Good luck!
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I was on procardia with my first daughter from 24 to 36 weeks and from 30 to 36 weeks with daughter number 2. It worked so-so with the contractions - I still had cervical shortening and dilation on it, but they made it to 37 and 36.5 weeks, respectively.
I'm now 25 weeks with daughter #3 and my peri is planning to prescribe procardia if need be, along with the daily progesterone gel I started taking at 22 weeks. Hopefully that's helpful to you! Bedrest is stressful stuff, especially in those weeks where every day makes a huge difference.
I am now 28 weeks 3 days. Had I been typing 4 days ago I would say everything has been great. My ultrsound I had after being released from the hospital showed a cervical length of 3.5 and no funnelling. Procardia seems to have been working. But the last few days I have been contracting heavily during afternoon/evening. My doc checked me last night and I am not dialating, so that was GREAT news. But, I can't believe how strong these contractions feel! I got the ok to double up to 20 MG with my Procardia when I feel the need to. Bed rest was sort of written off, as though it wouldn't make much of a difference (was rather surprised by that). They are happy enough for now that I am not dialating with these contractions. I hit my first goal of making it to 28 weeks, and now I am SOO very hopeful to hit my next goal of 32 weeks. I can't imagine going through these contractions for the rest of the pregnancy! They really can be so uncomfortable. Thanks for the replies ladies.
I realize this is an old thread, but I am wondering about the outcomes of your experience with Procardia and Progesterone to delay preterm labor.
I too was on Terb for my last 2 pregnancies and had both babies the day I stopped taking it (one at 35 weeks and 1 at 37 weeks).....Like you my doc this time says that the terbutaline is no longer suggested and I am sooooo scared. This is baby # 4 and I cannot imagine having another baby in the NICU 1 hr away with 3 kids at home....I have an appointment to see if I am a candidate for Progesterone in a week.
#1 was 40 weeks
#2 35 weeks (water broke the day I stopped taking terbuteline)
# 3 37 weeks (labor began the day I stopped taking the terb)
I have actually had 2 appts and am seeing a specialist about progesterone shots next week.
None were really "early" compared to most of the poor mommas here. # 2 was in the hospital for three weeks though and on a heart monitor for 8 mths. My main concern is another later preemie. Even though we had it so much better than most NICU families it was still a huge stress and that was with only one child at home....Now I have 3 other homeschooled children and live even farther from the NICU. I feel like Drs. see late preemies as no big deal, but any infant in the hospital is no fun.