Makena Injections

hello all, 

I have a very unique situation and I'm hoping for some insight. Last June I had a 19 week loss. With my angel, Nora, I had placenta preiva and a hematoma and had a very complicated 19 weeks. Unfortunately my water broke and I lost my little girl within minutes. 

I am happy to say I am 9 weeks pregnant and the baby seems to be doing great. I have been "dianoised" with a bicornial uterus, although the septum was shaved down in October. in any case I have been spotting and bleeding since I was 3 weeks along which they are blaming the abnormal uterus. 

while at the doctors this week my OB said she spoke with some specialist and they all suggest that I take Makena Shots from 16 weeks to 36 weeks. she did say I was a very unique case and this was a precaution not a typical patient on the shots.  Are the shots a good idea for me? 

Thanks for the help!

2 Replies

  • In reply to Hunter and Randi's Mom:

    Hello and welcome to share. While I can't give you exact medical advice on whether the shots are right for you and your diagnosis, I can tell you from personal experience that the shots are proven effective at helping to prevent preterm labor and have little side affects.

    Like Marissa said, the shots were worth the discomfort they caused for me personally and I was able to carry my rainbow baby to 36 weeks. I had other medical issues at hand and was scheduled for a c-section at 36 weeks. I am confident that I could have remained pregnant longer if it had been possible.



  • Hi.  Welcome to Share!  I am so sorry for your loss of your angel Nora.  Congratulations on your pregnancy. I delivered my twins at 26 weeks in my first pregnancy.  We didn't really know why, so I had the 17-P shots (the pre-Makena version of the shots) during my second pregnancy as a precaution (and took some other precautions including a cerclage and bed rest). I did make it to full term in my second pregnancy (which was a singleton so we don't really know if the shots were a big contributing factor).  Are you seeing a high risk doctor (also known as a maternal fetal specialist)?   They would probably be the best to advise you with respect to your particular situation. The only negative things I would say about the shots are that they hurt and I think they made me a little extra naseous, both totally worth it for my healthy rainbow baby.  

    I will be keeping you in my thoughts. Let us know how you are doing when you can.