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should i get betamethasone shots if my amniocentesis tests showed my baby will have lung problems?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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34 weeks or less: Betamethasone shots only work if you are 34 weeks or less.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Talk to your MD: If you are close to delivery or a c-section your OB may recommend this treatment to help your child. If you still have time to wait the baby may mature on his/her own. Talk to your OB about your case.

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