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Asthma During Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

by | May 23, 2019

Are you pregnant or trying to become pregnant and do you have asthma? Fear not because you are not alone; having a successful pregnancy all while keeping the illness at bay is very possible and it may be much less stressful than you think it is! Continue reading below to see what you need to know about having asthma during pregnancy.

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Asthma During Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

What is Asthma?

Asthma is defined as being a chronic lung condition- it affects the airway that takes air to and from a person’s lungs, most commonly resulting in difficulty breathing due to excess mucus being produced and shallowing airways. There are different types of asthmas with different triggers, but some of the most common causes of an asthma attack can be from airborne threat including pollen, dust, certain animal dander, or mold. If you think you may have asthma, it is important to see a medical professional to get a treatment plan in order to help you manage and live with it.

Can the symptoms increase during pregnancy?

Your body does change but dramatically changing the severity of asthma during pregnancy does not seem to be one of those changes. Symptoms that have gotten worse may be due to medicine being skipped before pregnancy or with people who already have very severe asthma even before becoming pregnant.

Is my asthma medicine safe to use while pregnant?

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When it comes to medicine, it is best to talk to a medical professional to see what is or isn’t safe as far as medication and allergy shots go. Many say that it is overall safer to take the allergy medicine that you (and your baby!) need to breathe rather than skipping it. It is important to note, however, that there are risks associated with systemic glucocorticoids for your unborn child while pregnant.

How likely is it that I will have an asthma attack during labor?

Not very likely! During labor and delivery, it would be quite surprising to experience a flare-up.

Will I pass it on to my baby?

Passing asthma on to your child is possible as it is developed both at a hereditary as well as an environmental level. Just because you or your spouse have asthma does not automatically mean that your child will, but it does increase the likelihood.

Medication and breastfeeding- can the 2 exist together?

Yes! In most cases, you can breastfeed without worry even if you are taking medication. Of course, once again, be sure to talk to a medical professional!

What advice do you have for moms-to-be dealing with asthma during pregnancy? Let me know in the comments below.

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Gabriella Anaya

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