Asthma and Pregnancy
One of the hardest things an expectant mother has to deal with is management of their asthma during pregnancy. Asthma is a common obstructive pulmonary disease during the childbearing age. It occurs in 0.4% to 1.3 of pregnant patients. Any parents can tell you that one of the most difficult decisions to make is what medications to use. Studies have shown that there is a greater potential risk of harm to an unborn child if the asthmatic mother does not take medications to control their asthma than the risk of harm to the fetus from the asthma medications themselves.
Effect of Pregnancy on Asthma
The effects of pregnancy on asthma aren't predictable. Your asthma may be unaffected, worse or improved in pregnancy. Sometimes asthma gets worse in the third trimester or during labor and delivery. How pregnancy will effect asthma will vary from woman to woman. The following information will provide some guidelines:
Severity of asthma during pregnancy
Effect of Asthma on Pregnancy
Having asthma does not necessarily mean having a complicated pregnancy but it can be reassured that their pregnancy is unlikely to suffer because of it. Some studies have found that women with very badly controlled asthma are more at risk of early labour and poor growth of the baby. With careful attention to correct medication, however, almost all young women should be able to enjoy an unrestricted lifestyle and normal pregnancy.
With proper management of the asthma and appropriate medical care during the pregnancy, most women who have asthma can experience healthy pregnancies. The key to a successful pregnancy for asthma sufferers is symptom management.
Asthma medications and pregnancy
Over the years, many women with asthma have given birth to healthy babies after using asthma medication throughout their entire pregnancy. Although asthma medications are safe to use during pregnancy, it is still advisable to discuss the type and dose of asthma medication you are taking with your doctor or your local chemist. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis and to develop a specific asthma treatment plan tailored to your individual symptoms.
Risks of badly controlled asthma when you're pregnant
If a mother has uncontrolled asthma, there is a higher risk for:
Preventing asthma while you're pregnant
Acute asthma episodes endanger the fetus by reducing the oxygen it receives. It is therefore important to prevent a asthma episode during pregnancy and labour and delivery. Some tips for managing asthma in pregnancy include:
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