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Query from: SHIVU, GUJRAT, INDIA, 11/13/07
Topic: HEALTH      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: why betnesol injection is given to pregnancy ladies in the month of 9

HELLO IAM 9 MONTHS PREGNANT. FIRST THREE MONTHS I HAD BLEEDING. NOW EVERY THING IS NORMAL. DOCTOR DID SONOGRAPHY IN THE MONTH OF 5. EVERY THING WAS NORMAL. NOW IN THE MONTH OF 9 AGAIN HE DID SONOGRAPHY . HE SAID EVERY THING IS NORMAL . BABY HEAD HAS COME DOWN WE CAN EXPECT ANY TIME WITHIN A WEEK. MY DUE DATE IS DECEMBER 2. NOW HE HAS PRESCRIBED TO TAKE BETNESOL INJECTION FOR 2 DAYS . 3 EACH DAY. WE ASKED DOCTOR IT IF FOR WHAT SAKE. HE SAID IT IS FOR BABY. BUT HE DID NOT SAY DETAILY. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY THIS INJECTION IS GIVEN AT THIS LAST STAGE OF PREGNANCY? THANK YOU

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Response from: Geetha Gopakumar,   
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Source: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Childbir…
Betnesol, or betamethasone, is administered during pregnancy when preterm birth is a possibility. The steroid injection helps to produce surfactant in the baby's lungs, allowing them to inflate without sticking together. Normally, babies do not make this surfactant on their own until much later in pregnancy, around 32-35 weeks. Getting steroid injections into the mother at least 24 hours prior to a premature birth improves the baby's ability to breathe, reducing ventilation time and possibly reducing NICU time.

If your doctors are recommending this injection for you, they should have detected something that tells them your baby is at risk for premature birth. While fibroids can put you at risk for miscarriage and preterm labor, a fetal fibronection test (FFN) can more conclusively tell if this pregnancy in particular is at risk. If you have not had a positive FFN test, and you are not currently having preterm labor or carrying multiples, then you should ask for documentation of why this shot is being recommended for you and what your alternatives are. Betamethasone is not without risks; it can be lifesaving for premature babies, but it can have consequences on learning and development down the road.

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Response from: Indumukhi A.,   
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It is too bad your doctor doesn't describe what is going on with your own body and what he is prescribing for you. Personally, I would pressure him more to do so if I were you. It's his responsibility.

Betnasol is not used in normal pregnancy. In the case of risky pregnancy, it may be used to prevent premature delivery and stimulate fetal lung maturation.

Its generic name is betamethasone. For more information, you can see the following websites:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betame…

http://www.betamethasone.com/…

http://www.medicinenet.com/betameth…

Hope this helps.

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Response from: DLC Kandela,   
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Betnesol is the brand name of a medicine called betamethasone - one of many steroids. It is not used in normal pregnancy. However in the case of twins, steroids are used to (a) prevent premature delivery and (b) improve lung function. Please abide by your gynaecologists judgement.

Betnesol, or betamethasone, is administered during pregnancy when preterm birth is a possibility. The steroid injection helps to produce surfactant in the baby's lungs, allowing them to inflate without sticking together. Normally, babies do not make this surfactant on their own until much later in pregnancy, around 32-35 weeks. Getting steroid injections into the mother at least 24 hours prior to a premature birth improves the baby's ability to breathe, reducing ventilation time and possibly reducing NICU time.

If your doctors are recommending this injection for you, they should have detected something that tells them your baby is at risk for premature birth. While fibroids can put you at risk for miscarriage and preterm labor, a fetal fibronection test (FFN) can more conclusively tell if this pregnancy in particular is at risk. If you have not had a positive FFN test, and you are not currently having preterm labor or carrying multiples, then you should ask for documentation of why this shot is being recommended for you and what your alternatives are. Betamethasone is not without risks; it can be lifesaving for premature babies, but it can have consequences on learning and development down the road. It is good to always take a second opinion.

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Response from: Yadhunath Kanmani Pazhanivel,   
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Hi Shivu,

Betnesol, or betamethasone, is administered during pregnancy when preterm birth is a possibility. The steroid injection helps to produce surfactant in the baby's lungs, allowing them to inflate without sticking together. Normally, babies do not make this surfactant on their own until much later in pregnancy, around 32-35 weeks. Getting steroid injections into the mother at least 24 hours prior to a premature birth improves the baby's ability to breathe, reducing ventilation time and possibly reducing NICU time.

Regards,

Yadhunath.

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Response from: Latha Jayaprakash,   
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Dear,

Please do take an expert second opinion before you go in for the injections as your gynae told you. I do not think that you need betnesol injections when you are at the end of your pregnancy, since the head is fixed and everything else is normal. Is yours a twin baby one? then you might need according to the doctors but you have not mentioned anything about it. So I cannot tell you anything else. It would be better for you to go for the second opinion or ask your own doctor for details. But to get the details from the horse's mouth itself. All the best

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Response from: Boban Joseph,   
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Dear Sister, In my opinion and as everything is normal and at this point of time Baby's head also has come down, it is not necessary for a Besenol injection. I suggest you consult an other Gynecologist also.

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Response from: hari anandapuram,   
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The injection is given when premature birth is feared.If your doctor may have recommended it as a precautionary measure as you are at the end of the term & you say the head is fixed as well. At this stage the chances of premature delivery are non existant. Check with your doctor any way.

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Response from: Ramakrishna Challa,   
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Hi, Betnesol is the brand name of a medicine called betamethasone - one of many steroids. It is true that we do not use steroids in normal pregnancy. However in the case of twins, steroids are used to (a) prevent premature delivery and (b) improve lung function of the baby.

This medicine should be used with caution during pregnancy, and only if the expected benefit to the mother is greater than any possible risk to the foetus.

Betnesol, or betamethasone, is usually given during pregnancy to help mature the baby's lungs when premature birth seems imminent.

Good Luck, rk.

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Response from: Preeti 214,   
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Dear Sis, Being that you are so late in your pregnancy and the effects that this medication is supposed to have, I would strongly suggest getting a second opinion from a different doctor. Especially because your current doctor is not giving you the medical reason for giving you this medication. Please see another doctor and take their opinion. Best wishes! Preeti

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Response from: V. Chalapathy,   
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Source: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Childbir…
Betnesol or betamethasone is usually given during pregnancy to help mature the baby's lungs when premature birth seems imminent.

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