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Asthma During Pregnancy

Want to know what medications are safe to take during pregnancy? Whether or not your asthma poses risks to baby? We've got answers.

What’s the best way to treat asthma during pregnancy?

Stay on your meds! You might be worried about taking medication during pregnancy, but asthma is one of those cases where the risk of taking the med is far lower than the risk of not taking the med.

“If you’re having an asthma attack and you don’t use medication, that limits the amount of oxygen to the baby,” Kolp says. “It’s far more important to treat or prevent an attack than to worry about the risk of the medications.”
So work closely with your doc to develop (or tweak) your asthma control plan. Depending on the severity of your asthma, your ob-gyn may work with your pulmonologist or call in a maternal-fetal medicine specialist to help handle your case.

What can I do to prevent asthma attacks?

Stay away from your asthma triggers. Allergies are a common trigger, so if allergies are a problem for you, take steps to reduce your exposure to whatever it is you’re allergic to. That might mean closing your windows, avoiding pollen and pets, washing your bedding in hot water to kill dust mites and using a filtered vacuum.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have asthma?

“My doctor said that one-third of women see a decrease of asthma symptoms, one-third have symptoms that stay the same...and one-third have asthma symptoms that get worse. So far, I seem to be in the third whose symptoms actually improve while pregnant.”

“My doc prescribed a different albuterol inhaler. He also prescribed Pulmicort, but said only to use it if I was having lots of attacks.”

“I've had asthma my entire life and am currently taking Flovent daily and ProAir (albuterol) as my rescue inhaler. I'm trying to use the ProAir less since it does act as a stimulant, and I’ve found that sitting in the bathroom while running a steaming shower can help. I practice deep breathing while I'm in there (in through the nose, out through the mouth), and it helps if I tilt my head back very slightly.”

Are there any other resources for asthma?

American Lung Association

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-- Rebecca Kolp, MD, ob-gyn and medical director at Massachusetts General Hospital West

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