I fully believe that while pregnant one should not try tapering the prednisone. Our bodies are going through so much as it is, and our babies need consistency. As I mentioned, I was on 40mg prednisone the entire pregnancy and I'm glad I was b/c it did help maintain my flare...but so did the pregnancy hormones. Once I quit nursing and was off the 'roids I was in a flare within a matter of days and wanted to die. : ) Anyway, if you can stay on the prednisone to maintain a flare, I think you should. I was fine, my baby is fine...and apparently many other Mommies and babies are fine. : )
Now...as for the periods and flares...how ironic this question was brought up, as I was thinking about
posting a topic regarding this today! I have yet to really experience full period b/c I'm on prednisone, but I became very sick (UC urgency, pouring blood, etc.) during this past week, and I started my period today...with the normal cramping and fun stuff. So, does this happen to others? I thought my UC was super bad b/c of the stress I've been under from the holidays and planning my son's first birthday, which was this past Sunday and a lot of fun! However, I have really sick and losing a decent amount of blood, but nothing like I have in the past.
Anyway, I guess that I too wonder if a flare worsens due to the onset of a period or what it is. I kind of thought I was getting sicker b/c I've had a lot of sugar lately (holidays!) and I've not really been on a strict no sugar, no caffeine, no fried foods diet.
I bought some of those five hour energy shots yesterday and took one last night. The only thing it did was take away the need to pass out. I still didn't get up to do anything...so all my dishes are still dirty and it still looks like a toy monster threw up all over our house...and I'm still tired. I think I'll try another one now and see if I can at least organize the dishes to clean later. : ) These shots ae the ones that are strictly vitamins and no caffeine.
Oh, and as for the stress/anxiety regarding the pregnancy...perhaps you can try something other than Zoloft? I'm not familiar with what is safe during pregnancy, but surely there's something else? Or maybe you could increase the dosage? My anxiety was decent during my pregnancy b/c my hormones really helped me out...but a good friend of mine had just the opposite and she needed meds badly...and doesn't have UC or on 'roids...it was just the pregnancy making her crazy! : )
Anyway, I look forward to reading posts from you ladies. I cannot tell you how comforting it is knowing that you're here and in similar situations. A common bond amongst us is not just the UC but our love for our children and families. : ) Being a Mommy is by far my favorite thing!!!
Have a great day!
: ) Robin
Dx-May 2007 Asacol-2400mg bid Prednisone-20mg Remicade-4 Tx
Paxil-40mg Prilosec-bid Multivitamin Moderate/Severe Pancolitis
28 year old Mommy of a 1 year old and a Wife for almost 2 years!
Life has never been so sweet! I appreciate the small things in life...the little joys that occur every second of every day. Though we struggle and have crazy complications, nothing can over ride our love and happiness.