Asthma and Pregnancy
Good control of asthma while pregnant is
vital to ensure the health of both you and
The goals of asthma care while pregnant are:
ξ To have the best asthma control you
ξ To prevent urgent care and
emergency room visits.
ξ To decrease missed school or work
To help reach these goals, pregnant women
ξ Tell your doctor or nurse if you have
ξ Have routine visits with your asthma
ξ Keep taking asthma medicines as
prescribed even if it includes daily
medicines to control your asthma.
ξ Avoid triggers to your asthma such
as: dust, mold, pets, pollen, paints, or
ξ Avoid tobacco smoke. If you are a
smoker, please ask for help to quit
smoking or call the Quit Line at 1-
ξ Call right away when asthma
symptoms get worse.
If your asthma is not under control, your
lungs are not getting enough oxygen to
the baby. Not giving the baby oxygen is a
far greater risk than taking asthma
medicines. Most asthma medicines will
not harm your baby.
ξ Well-controlled asthma while
pregnant increases the chances of a
healthy baby. Poorly controlled
asthma may result in early and/or
lower birth weight infants.
ξ Being pregnant may change your
asthma. Symptoms improve in one
third of women, stay the same in
about one third of women and get
worse in one third of women.
ξ Allergy shots may be given while
pregnant but should not be started for
the first time during pregnancy.
ξ Most women can do ‘Lamaze’ style
breathing without concern during
ξ Avoid any over-the-counter
medicines without first talking with
your asthma doctor or nurse.
ξ Breast-feeding is good for your
baby’s immune system and is
advised. Discuss any questions you
may have about your medicines
being transferred in the breast milk
with your asthma doctor or nurse.
For more information about pregnancy and
asthma, visit the web site below:
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