For those who are pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant, it is important to keep your asthma controlled. Asthma can be a debilitating condition, and keeping your asthma controlled will help ensure a healthy pregnancy for you and your baby. Asthma worsens for about one-third of women during pregnancy. It is important to monitor your asthma during prenatal visits. This will allow your physician or allergist to make changes and stop treatment or increase treatment when necessary. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), “asthma attacks are most common during the later weeks of pregnancy but are very rare during labor itself.

Why Is Controlling My Asthma So Important?

It is crucial for a healthy pregnancy that your asthma is controlled. An asthma flare-up causes decreased oxygen levels in the blood. This can lead to less oxygen reaching the fetus, which can impair healthy growth and development. Inhalers are safe to take while pregnant, but you should discuss your medications with your provider when pregnant. Discussing your asthma with your provider or allergist is crucial. Your allergist might change your medications or dosage because of your pregnancy.

What To Look Out For:

Asthma in pregnancy can have symptoms including coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness. It is important to avoid allergens that trigger your symptoms. Danielle, a nurse at National Allergy & ENT, struggled with asthma while pregnant with her daughter. “It was important that I keep taking my medications as advised by my allergist. Also limiting activity when it became difficult.”

If you need help managing your asthma in pregnancy, please reach out to your physician or an allergist. You can schedule an appointment with an allergist at National Allergy & ENT by calling (843) 797-8162 or scheduling online.

References: American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology