YOUR CHANCE OF ANOTHER
is a new drug for women who have had a preterm baby that
helps them avoid having their next baby born too early.
This drug is used with women who were pregnant with one
baby (not twins or triplets) at the time they delivered
early. The drug is called 17P and is like the natural hormone
made by a woman’s body called progesterone. Recent
studies have shown that using 17P during pregnancy reduces
the risk of having another preterm baby.
17P is a new drug, there are some doctors and midwives who
may not be using it with their patients yet. However, the
nation’s leading group of pregnancy experts recommends
that 17P be offered to all women who have had a prior preterm
birth and are pregnant again.
you want to use 17P the next time you are pregnant, you
will need to make sure you see your doctor or midwife very
early in your pregnancy. During your visit, ask your doctor
or midwife about 17P. It is best to start taking this drug
during the fourth month of pregnancy. In Utah 17P is made
by a few local, licensed pharmacies. Medicaid and some other
insurance companies will pay for 17P, but it does not cost
very much. In fact, the drug may cost less than your insurance