Rowasa and canasa made me way worse. The side effects were as bad as if not worse than my disease.
I took prednisone with all 3 of my pregnancies. How far along are you? Are you past 7 weeks? The biggest concern with pred and pregnancy is that very high doses (way higher than 20mgs) can potentially cause cleft palate. The palate forms between 4-7 weeks. Given that your doc is starting you at 20 and tapering you down, I would not worry at all. I took doses ranging between 5-25mgs and all 3 of my kids were born healthy and with no problems.
You are wise to be concerned, but there is extensive information to show that pred and pregnancy is pretty low risk. Your baby will be ok and the risk of flaring is far more dangerous. I'm no expert, but I am happy to share my experiences and any information I have. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Ok- just went back and read that you are 13 weeks. That is great! I wouldn't worry about
this at all then. The side effects I notice the most (pregnant or not) is that around 20 mgs and higher I get night sweats and sometimes I have a hard time sleeping. You might get that, you might not. Also, it's possible to feel a little anxiety, but since you are only at 20 for a week, any side effects should be short-lived. Also it can make you feel a little shaky, so don't panic, that will go away too.
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