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Asthma in pregnancy

Asthma in pregnancy: Introduction

Asthma in pregnancy: Asthma in pregnancy refers to inflammation and constriction of the airways that is occurs during pregnancy. Women who are pregnancy may decide to stop taking their asthma medication in order to reduce the perceived risk of side effects to the developing fetus. The reality is that the potential harmful effects on the fetus are very small compared to the problems caused to mother and fetus if a severe asthma attack develops. Furthermore, uncontrolled asthma during pregnancy may also cause problems such as small birth weight or premature birth. Pregnant women should consult their physician in order to determine the optimal management of their condition. During pregnancy, asthma symptoms may become worse, improve or stay the same. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Asthma in pregnancy is available below.

Asthma in pregnancy: Treatments

There is no cure but the goal is to manage symptoms and prevent asthma attacks. Symptoms may be managed with various asthma medications such as bronchodilators, antiinflammatories and asthma inhalers. Some medications act as long-term controllers (e.g. corticosteroids, long-acting beta-2 agonists, leukotriene modifiers, Cromolyn, Nedocromil, Theophylline) ...more treatments »

Symptoms of Asthma in pregnancy

Treatments for Asthma in pregnancy

  • Appropriate use of asthma medication is less risky for the mother and foetus than poorly controlled asthma. There is no proven teratogenic risk with any medications commonly used to treat asthma, but there is more experience with short acting beta agonists and inhaled corticosteroids and these tend to be the most frequently used medications. Treatments include:
  • Avoidance of triggers - certain medications, pollens, dust etc
  • Avoidance of cigarette smoking - smoking cessation and avoidance of others smoking
  • Utilisation of an asthma action plan and self monitoring
  • Reliever medications for symptomatic relief:
  • more treatments...»

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Prognosis for Asthma in pregnancy

Prognosis for Asthma in pregnancy: The prognosis varies depending on how well asthma management plans are adhered to (e.g. preventative medications). Prognosis is also affected by the underlying severity of the individual patient's symptoms. Worsening of symptoms during pregnancy usually normalize within a few months of birth.

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