I know that many of you don't understand why I wouldn't want to take steroids for the babies...just to be on the safe side... because you REALLY never know when they could come.
Corticosteroids are man-made drugs that closely resemble cortisol, a hormone that your adrenal glands produce naturally. Corticosteroids are often referred to by the shortened term “steroids.” Corticosteroids are different from the male hormone-related steroid compounds that some athletes abuse.
Steroids work by decreasing inflammation and reducing the activity of the immune system.
Steroids reduce the production of inflammatory chemicals in order to minimize tissue damage. Steroids also reduce the activity of the immune system by affecting the function of white blood cells.
SOME of the most COMMON side effects of steroids that relate to pregnancy are...
Depletion of Calcium, Magnesium, Nitrogen, Potassium & Protein
Myalgia (muscle pain)
decreased immune function
impaired wound healing
not to mention the 'little' things like shakes, hot flashes, ect.
That's just me right... suck it up... do it for the babies...
What about this...
babies' risk of abnormal neurological development and slower growth.
experts now think the risks of repeated treatments probably outweigh the benefits. They've been associated in some studies with decreased fetal growth, suppressed adrenal gland function, and adverse effects on long-term lung development.
Some studies have also found that multiple courses of corticosteroids affected childhood behavior and may have caused delayed development. As a result the NIH and ACOG both recommend that you not have repeat courses of corticosteroids in preterm labor until the risks and benefits are better understood.
33% of infants born premature who were given steroids suffered from respiratory distress syndrome; 41% of infants born premature who were given a placebo suffered from RDS. That is only an 8% decrease.
I also read... but unsure if this is with fraternal or identical twins... that for some unknown reason when given steroids for a multiple pregnancy, even in a double dose, that the 1st twin is the one who receives it and the 2nd does not.
I take this all with a grain of salt... it is what it is and it's not 100% but it's all something to consider.
I am not someone who just says okay give me the shot, i'll trust you it's not harmful. I can't do that. I have to know the pros and cons and make an educated FAITHFUL decision.***If I have the steroids it will be multiple doses... but not weekly. 2 Shots 24 hours apart and then a 'rescue dose' during labor.