Treatment and Management for Asthma During Pregnancy

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Asthma is a very common ailment. It affects somewhere around 8 percent of women of childbearing age. Asthma is also the most common potentially serious medical condition that complicates pregnancies today. Uncontrolled asthma can cause serious complications to the mother, including high blood pressure, toxemia, premature delivery and rarely death.

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For the baby, complications of uncontrolled asthma include increased risk of stillbirth, fetal growth retardation, premature birth, low birth weight and a low APGAR score at birth. However, just because you have asthma doesn’t mean that you can’t have a healthy pregnancy. Read on for some tips.

1. The Effects Of Asthma on Pregnancy

Asthma, strangely enough, affects pregnant women in many different ways. Approximately one third of all pregnant women with asthma will see their symptoms improve. About one third will also see their symptoms worsen, and the other third will not see any sort of change.

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It’s very strange that asthma affects women in different ways during pregnancy, and no one knows quite why. Doctors think that the hormones associated with pregnancy can affect the nose, sinuses and lungs of some pregnant women, leading to the changes.

2. Asthma Meds And Pregnancy

Most doctors agree that it is better for pregnant women to take their asthma meds during pregnancy than to risk suffering an asthma attack. Remember, if you can’t breathe, your baby can’t breathe either. Some women also might need to be monitored very closely during their pregnancies to make sure that their asthma symptoms are well managed.

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Some women need to have a series of ultrasounds starting around week 32 of pregnancy. Other women will need to have electronic fetal monitoring done during the last few weeks of pregnancy, and women are usually urged to pay close attention to the baby’s activity level.

3. What Else To Know

It is important to keep in mind that asthma normally doesn’t cause any issues with labor and delivery for women who suffer from it. Also, women who have asthma are still encouraged to breast feed, and most do so very successfully. As to the question of whether or not your asthma will be passed on to your baby that is a tough one to answer.

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It is very hard to know all of the factors that are contributed to asthma. You can talk to your doctor to discuss all of the factors that can determine if your child will have asthma. Just because you suffer from asthma doesn’t meant that you cannot have a safe, healthy pregnancy. Most pregnant women do not suffer any complications from their asthma and go through their pregnancies just fine.

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Ms. Belanger has 20 years of experience in women's healthcare and nursing, including labor and delivery, postpartum and antenatal. She is passionate toward improving both maternal and fetal outcomes of high-risk obstetrics patients.