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 Getting Pregnant with Asthma

Getting Pregnant with Asthma

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If you are thinking of having a baby, and have asthma, contact your doctor for a review of your treatment. Your doctor will evaluate how well you are managing your condition and will consider any treatment changes that you might need to make before getting pregnant.

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

There is nothing to worry; keeping asthma under control will help you to have a healthy pregnancy.

Effects of Pregnancy on Asthma

Avoid and control your asthma triggers to keep asthma under control.

• Avoid exposure to second-hand smoke • Avoid potential irritants, such as pollen, dust and mold

Make a note of any worsening symptoms for future reference.

If you did not have asthma previously, pregnancy is not going to bring on asthma. However, if you have asthma before, the effect is unpredictable. In some women, asthma symptoms might increase during pregnancy; and in others, it might not be the same. So, during pregnancy, asthma requires a close monitoring.

If you do not control your asthma before getting pregnant, you might be at increased a risk of

  • High blood pressure during pregnancy or preeclampsia 
  • Having a premature baby  or poor growth baby
  • Low-birth-weight baby

Tips to Keep Asthma under Control

To have a healthy pregnancy, keeping asthma under control is the best thing you can do. Here are a few tips, which will help you to keep asthma
under control:

  • Self-care: It includes taking care of your health every day to stay fit by exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet and taking proper rest.
  • Taking medications as prescribed by your doctor: Taking medicines regularly even if you feel better is the best thing you can do to keep asthma under
  • Being in a constant touch with your healthcare team: As asthma is a long-term condition, building a good relationship with your doctor will help you discuss
    your symptoms and concerns more easily.

Following these tips will help you keep your asthma under control and will pose no risk to you and your baby during pregnancy.

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