The weekend before I got my BFP I got tangled up in some poison ivy while doing yard work. I've had this @!#@& rash all over my body for a week and a half now.
I went to see my GP yesterday, and after talking to my OB (who I haven't even met yet!) they decided to give me a prescription for prednisone. My GP explained that prednisone is a Class C medication that's not usually given to pregnant women, but my OB said that it would be ok for me to take. After I left my GP, I called my OB because I was still feeling very uncertain about taking something that's not usually given to pregnant women. She basically told me that pregnant women don't like to volunteer for clinical trials of medications, so there aren't any studies to prove that it isn't safe to take it. She was really pushing me to go ahead and take it though.
I did a little bit of research online, and basically found that for Class C medications, animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans. In certain situations though, the benefits of taking the medications outweigh the risks. For prednisone, the increased risks are for miscarriage, limb defects and cleft palates.
I decided that I'm not going to take it. I'm following my gut here, but I don't really feel like my OB was totally up front with me about the risks. I guess I'd rather put up with the itchy skin and let my body heal itself even though I've been miserable. What would you have done?