Asthma During Pregnancy

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Asthma is a common health problem in today’s world. This affects regardless of gender, so pregnant women affected by asthma need to have awareness about its impact on pregnancy. Medical management and avoiding known triggers can control asthma, so it need not be a reason for avoiding pregnancy. Let us explore some aspects related to asthma & pregnancy:

* Mother suffering from Asthma

Asthma is a condition that affects the small tubes (airways) that carry air to and from your lungs. If you have asthma these tubes are more sensitive and can easily become swollen and irritated. This causes them to become too narrow, and there may be increased production of mucus and phlegm. This can make it harder for you to get air into and out of your lungs, causing wheezing, coughing and/or a tight feeling in your chest. Asthma can range from being mild to severe.

* Impact on Pregnancy & Fetus (your unborn child)

During pregnancy, asthma not only affects you, but it can also cut back on the oxygen your fetus gets from you. But this does not mean that having asthma will make your pregnancy more difficult or dangerous to you or your fetus. Pregnant women who have asthma that is properly controlled generally have normal pregnancies with little or no increased risk to themselves or their developing babies. Although most women with asthma have perfectly healthy babies, having uncontrolled asthma attacks can prevent your baby from getting enough oxygen. Uncontrolled asthma can increase your risk of: - pre-eclampsia (when the placenta isn’t working properly) - high blood pressure (hypertension) - premature birth - having a baby with low birth weight or being small for gestational age

* Treatments for Asthma

Most asthma treatments are safe to use when you are pregnant. You should continue to take prescribed asthma treatments throughout your pregnancy. Unless your asthma gets worse, your treatment can remain exactly the same as before. If you stop treatment and your asthma becomes uncontrolled, it poses a risk for your own health and will also increase the risk of your baby having a low birth weight. After years of research, experts now say that it is far safer to manage your asthma with medicine than it is to leave asthma untreated during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about the safest treatment for you.

* Managing Asthma During Pregnancy

If you have asthma, you should have a self-management plan, which means that you can adjust your treatment to meet your needs. While you can continue to exercise and work normally, you can try to prevent your asthma from getting worse during your pregnancy by: - avoid smoking (get tips on stopping smoking in pregnancy) - avoid allergic triggers such as pet fur - control hay fever with antihistamines – talk to your doctor or pharmacist about which antihistamines are safe to take in pregnancy - Avoid hay fever triggers such as mowing the lawn. It is important to remember that the risks of asthma medications are lower than the risks of uncontrolled asthma, which can be harmful to both mother and child. The use of asthma or allergy medication needs to be discussed with your doctor, ideally before pregnancy.

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