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Posted by: Ling | 2004/01/06

Steroids and pregnancy

Thank you for your advice so far. She was taking the steroids over a period of time during her pregnancy. Her doctor did not give her the required attention she needed and is now sitting with lots of physical problems. Is it normal for a baby of 10 months to not sleep more than an hour? And is it normal for her to go 3 days without sleeping? Is it the preclumpsy or the steroids that has had this effect on her and her daughter? Something is horribly wrong, what must they do?

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Many women complain of their babies not sleeping 'at all'. This is unlikely to be related to the steroids or the pre-eclampsia. Try posting this on the paediatrician's site. You don't say what physical symptoms your friend has, but perhaps she should see a doctor about this. Once again it is unlikely that these would be related to steroids or pre-eclampsia. Some women have residual high blood pressure after a pregnancy, but most will settle. Many women take longterm steroids, for example for asthma and, apart from weight gain, this should not cause any major problems.

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Posted by: www | 2004/01/06

Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are caused, as far as I know, by high blood pressure. The risk when you have this early in your pregnancy is that you might have to give birth pre-maturely in order to bring down the blood pressure again. Steriods are normally given to a pregnant mother when there is a risk that the baby will come early. The steroids mature the baby's lungs so that it has a better chance to be able to breathe after being born early. Neither eclampsia or the steroids would have had an effect on the baby.

If the baby is "busy"/active and is eating and growing well then she is more than likely perfectly healthy and just has a bad sleeping routine. I suggest you ask the question regarding sleeping habits on the peadiatrician forum on this site. There are lots of parents there with the same problems and some of them have great solutions or ideas a person can try.

Regarding your SIL, if she went for her 6-week checkup and all was declared "okey", but she stills feels too much after-effect from the pregnancy, maybe she should try and go to another gynae and explain the whole history and just have everything re-evaluated. If she is sleep-deprived and stressed then it can also take its toll on her health.

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