Time To Fetal Lung Maturation Injection Was 32 Weeks?
I am pregnant with 2 twins, with 1 placenta. And partitioned. Currently 32 weeks. About 3 days ago, my stomach was like a chap. But I can’t. What are contractions? R nAnd when should I get an injection of fetal lung maturation? R nWhat are the urgent conditions that need to be injected immediately. Because yesterday I have already made a referral letter for the injection.
Hello Mrs. Eko,
Fetal lungs mature generally at 37 weeks (approx. 34-37 weeks). It is feared that babies born with immature lungs will experience respiratory problems that endanger their lives because their lung development is not yet good. Therefore, babies who are suspected of having preterm labor (less than 36 weeks) will be given a drug to stimulate surfactant, a substance in the lungs that plays an important role in lung development. This drug is a steroid type, can be dexamethasone or betamethasone.
More than 50% of multiple pregnancies will be born at less than 37 weeks. Perhaps this is the main reason why your doctor recommends an injection of the drug immediately, plus you who feel heartburn a few days before. Although not necessarily contractions, of course it is better to be careful considering that multiple pregnancies are very prone to premature birth.
Your concerns about drug injections during pregnancy are understandable, but research suggests that steroid injections in pregnant women who are worried about having a premature baby actually reduce infant mortality due to RDS (respiratory distress syndrome) or respiratory stress.
So, you should follow your doctor's procedures, because your doctor has examined you and your fetus and considered the best course of action. Keep up the spirit and think positively.
Also read: Preparing for Twin Labor