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Is it safe to take steroids during preterm labor?
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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
8 doctors agree
In brief: Benefit > risk
Physicians, especially those treating pregnant women, weigh risks and benefits of drugs for both the woman and her baby.
Steroids can have some risks such as increased bs, susceptibility to infection. Giving them too often might pose some problems for newborns also. However, most studies show that they have benefits for babies at risk of being born premature, and that is why they're given for some.

In brief: Benefit > risk
Physicians, especially those treating pregnant women, weigh risks and benefits of drugs for both the woman and her baby.
Steroids can have some risks such as increased bs, susceptibility to infection. Giving them too often might pose some problems for newborns also. However, most studies show that they have benefits for babies at risk of being born premature, and that is why they're given for some.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Steroids are given during preterm labor to help speed up a baby's lung maturity and also decrease the risk of a baby having brain bleeds when they are born very young.

In brief: Yes
Steroids are given during preterm labor to help speed up a baby's lung maturity and also decrease the risk of a baby having brain bleeds when they are born very young.
Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
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Dr. Rahil Malik
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Yes
Studies have shown that there is no association between a single course of corticosteroids and adverse neonatal events, such as reduced lung volume, poor neurologic outcome, impaired growth, neonatal sepsis, or clinically significant adrenal suppression.
Some studies report decreased fetal movement associated with steroid use that resolves within 2-4 days.

In brief: Yes
Studies have shown that there is no association between a single course of corticosteroids and adverse neonatal events, such as reduced lung volume, poor neurologic outcome, impaired growth, neonatal sepsis, or clinically significant adrenal suppression.
Some studies report decreased fetal movement associated with steroid use that resolves within 2-4 days.
Dr. Rahil Malik
Dr. Rahil Malik
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