Prednisone: A Love & Hate Story

I just started prednisone.  I have a love/hate relationship with this drug.  I feel confident that the high dose of prednisone is what helped me hold on to the pregnancy with my son.  It also helps with symptoms of inflammation that I generally am plagued with.  So on prednisone, I have more energy, better digestion and less aches and pains. It also is said to keep pregnancy nausea at bay and my nausea during my pregnancy with my son was mild. All amazing things.  The best side effect of the drug is the successful pregnancy - of course!  So what's not to like?!

Last pregnancy, the negative side effects of prednisone for me included:

  • irritability (my husband complains he has a pregnant wife - ON STEROIDS)
  • excess facial hair (nothing a full face wax didn't fix!)
  • insomnia
  • excruciating knee pain (I have a rare side effect to prednisone.  After about two and a half months on 40 mgs of prednisone, I wake up with excruciating knee pain.  My knees cramp up and I cannot walk. The pain level is 10/10 and comes in waves.  After this happens, my dose has to be lowered to 20 mgs.)
  • non-stop hunger
  • Weight gain
  • MOON FACE: This is the worst.  There is no room for vanity on this journey!  That's for sure.  See picture below.
 The left is me on 40 mgs of prednisone in early pregnancy with my son.  The right is a recent photo.

The left is me on 40 mgs of prednisone in early pregnancy with my son.  The right is a recent photo.

 

There is nothing hot about prednisone.  But, having a baby is pretty awesome, so here we go again!