What You Need To Know About Asthma And Pregnancy

Now that you are pregnant, you no longer have only yourself to worry about. You are now 100% responsible for taking care of the baby that is growing inside of you. How you go about taking care of his baby is up to you, but if you have any type of preexisting condition, such as asthma, it is important that you keep it under control throughout your pregnancy.

As an adult with asthma, you already know how it can affect your life, but what about women who have never had it before. Many women find themselves suffering from asthma attacks during their pregnancy despite the fact they have never had one before. Can you imagine how scary that could be? The worst thing about these asthma attacks is they can affect the amount of oxygen your baby is getting, which is why it is so important to keep it under control.

Whether you have suffered from asthma before you became pregnant or it came on as a condition of your pregnancy here are some important things to know about asthma and pregnancy.

Risks of leaving your asthma uncontrolled
For those women who suffer from asthma the minor wheezing and shortness of breath is often not a concern, but it should be. If you don’t have asthma and are experiencing wheezing and shortness of breath you also need to be concerned as there are risks to both you and your baby. Health risks that affect you directly include high blood pressure and preeclampsia. Risks for the baby can include abnormal slow growth that causes the baby to look small when they are born, low birth weight, premature labor, and in some cases death either right before the baby is born or right after. The important thing to remember is the more controlled your asthma is the lower the chance of your developing any of these serious risks.

Controlling your asthma through treatment
When it comes to controlling your asthma the best thing you can do is treat your asthma. And when you are pregnant there is no change in how your asthma should be treated, but you will have to adjust your “action plan.” Counting/recording fetal movement is something that all pregnant women need to add to their “action plan.” Monitoring this helps you determine when to seek emergency help as the baby might be at risk.

Now some women do not like to take any extra medications while they are pregnant because they want to avoid exposing their baby. However, with asthma and pregnancy it is important that you use your rescue inhaler as needed, but that doesn’t mean you cannot try other ways to control your asthma. In order to use your inhaler less it is important that you try to avoid any triggers. Dust mites and tobacco smoke are two of the most common triggers and are often easily avoidable. You should also have your doctor monitor your lungs throughout the pregnancy. Monitoring your lungs ensures that they are functioning properly, and it will help ensure your baby is getting the oxygen it needs to thrive.

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