When Do Pregnant Women Need Progesterone Shots?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-asthmaCauseAllergies-enHD-AR1.jpgFind out what the experts have to say. preterm birth, high risk, at risk, progesterone hormone, makena, shots, drug, medicine, preventing preterm labor and birth, premature, preemie, pregnant, pregnancy11/01/201610/30/201810/30/2018Armando Fuentes, MD10/19/20184410a7ee-4019-4716-9380-c0ef8f1d54ffhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/progesterone-shot.html/<p><em>I’m pregnant. I've heard that progesterone shots can prevent early labor. Should I get them?<br />– Izzy</em></p> <p>If you've had a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/preemies.html/">premature baby</a> in the past, your doctor may prescribe progesterone shots during your current pregnancy to help prevent <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/born-early.html/">early labor</a>.</p> <p>Babies born too early (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) can have health problems, including:</p> <ul> <li>breathing and feeding problems</li> <li>vision problems</li> <li>learning problems</li> </ul> <p>Some premature babies do not survive.</p> <p>The progesterone shot (sometimes called &quot;17P&quot; for the drug name [17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate] or its brand name, Makena&reg;) can increase a woman's chances of having a full-term baby.</p> <p>17P has the hormone progesterone in it, which helps prevent contractions. The uterus contracts during labor to help &quot;push&quot; a baby out of the womb for delivery.&nbsp;</p> <p>Doctors recommend starting 17P shots during the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pregnancy-calendar-intro.html/">second trimester</a> of pregnancy, usually between 16 and 20 weeks. Shots are given by a health care provider in the hip or thigh area. They are given until 37 weeks.</p> <p>As with any shot, there's a risk of minor side effects like redness and soreness at the shot site. Rarely, some women get blood clots or have allergic reactions. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p>
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