If you have had a preterm delivery in a past pregnancy, your healthcare provider may recommend the use of hydroxyprogesterone caproate (Makena
™) to help prevent you from giving birth too soon in your current pregnancy. This medication comes in the form of a weekly injection that is given by your healthcare provider.
Pain and swelling at the injection site are some of the common side effects seen with this product. However, most women tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, they tend to be minor, requiring little, if any, treatment.
(To learn more about this injection, click Hydroxyprogesterone Caproate. This article tells you what you need to know about dosing guidelines and clinical effectiveness, as well as how your healthcare provider will determine if this medication is right for your situation.)