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Betnesol 12 mg at 37 week
Hi, My wife is 36 weeks pregnant. Doctor advised to take Betnesol 12mg for two days if we want to go for C section delivery at 37 weeks. Is it necessary to take Betnesol 12 mg at 37 weeks. Please advise. Thanks, Srinu
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Dr. Kuldeep Wagh
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It's better to do c section after 37 weeks. Betnesol is a steroid and has its potential sideeffects too
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Dr. Neelima Deshpande
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Thank you for your question. According to RCOG guidelines there is no role of steroids for fetal lung maturity after 36 weeks. An elective caesarean section depends on the indication. If delivery is not being done urgently for maternal or fetal reasons elective cs should be done after 39 completed weeks as the risk of respiratory distress syndrome is very low at this gestation compared even to 38 weeks. Please discuss with your consultant for further information and trust their judgement. All guidelines need to be considered in line with the clinical scenario and individual patient risk. Your doctor really does know what's best for you so do not hesitate to talk to them. Best wishes for a safe delivery for mother and baby
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