I am booked to have a c-section at 38+3 (due to medical reasons) and the OB at the hospital told me it is now standard procedure to give the steroid shots for babies up to 39 weeks (elective c-sections only, no labour).
Everything I have read says that steroids after 34 weeks gestation are pretty much a waste of time and could even have negative long term effects.
Also, it just doesn't make sense to me because the OB at the hospital said it's because the fluid doesn't get squeezed out of the lungs like it would during a vaginal birth (which makes sense) and baby could have difficulty breathing and is more likely to go to the NICU.. BUT, I thought steroids were to help mature baby's lungs? Aren't they already mature at 38 weeks? What does lung maturity have to do with the fluid?
I am planning on declining the steroids, but hoped someone might have a bit more info on this topic.