Title

Steroid use during pregnancy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2002

Abstract

Health care providers and pregnant women share a concern for protecting the fetus from unnecessary and potentially teratogenic influences. Since the introduction of steroids for the induction of fetal surfactant production, there has been considerable experience in the use of corticosteroids during pregnancy. While the use of corticosteroids for surfactant induction in the preterm fetus has become commonplace, steroids are used for other obstetric and medical indications during pregnancy. Thus, finding a balance between drug benefits and possible side effects remains a critical issue.

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