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Corticosteroids in pregnancy to reduce complications from being born prematurely

Published: 28/02/2012

This information is for you if you’re pregnant and have been recommended to have a course of corticosteroids because there’s a possibility you may have your baby early. It may also be helpful if you’re the partner or relative or a friend of someone in this situation or if you’re interested in knowing about corticosteroids in pregnancy.

It covers:

  • What corticosteroids are
  • Why corticosteroids are helpful in pregnancy
  • Whether corticosteroids can harm you and your baby
  • When in pregnancy corticosteroids should be given, and to whom

This patient information leaflet is based on the RCOG clinical guideline Antenatal Corticosteroids to Reduce Neonatal Morbidity, which contains a full list of the sources of evidence used to produce this guidance.

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