Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

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Asthma Pregnancy

Pregnancy towards a new child on the way, any woman will be very excited. There will be lots of changes in the family. A nursery is in order and you have a lot to look forward to. Concern over asthma in pregnancy is a legitimate concern and one you need to be aware of if you suffer from asthma.

Asthma is one of the most common conditions in our globally today, and allergies are the most common cause for this condition. This article will take a look at asthma in pregnancy and explore some causes, and what you might expect as you get further along in your pregnancy. We will also discuss what asthma in pregnancy can do to your unborn child.

Asthma is hereditary, so if someone in your family suffers from asthma, chances are, someone else will too. This is something to think about for your unborn child. If you suffer from asthma, they may have the same problem. Asthma in pregnancy is common for someone who already suffers from it.

It is true that while you are pregnant, your hormones are changing, and studies have shown that one third of women who already suffered from asthma have shown improvement, while one third will get worse, and one third stay the same. There is no real rhyme or reason as to how asthma in pregnancy will affect you. You’ll definitely fall into one of the thirds.

Medical concern with asthma in pregnancy is that when you are having an attack and having difficulty breathing, you are not getting the oxygen your body needs and, therefore; neither is the baby, which can be life threatening to them. It is advised that if you take medications to help prevent these attacks before you are pregnant, you should probably continue taking them after you become pregnant.

Most women are concerned about taking medications while they are pregnant, but the results from not taking your medicine and getting asthma in pregnancy are worse than the possible affect of the medication. Be advised that you should seek your doctor about the pros and cons of taking your medication. Follow your doctor’s advice.

You can take some steps to try and prevent asthma in pregnancy as asthma has to be triggered in order to flare up. Some of the causes of asthma are colds and flu, respiratory infections, and bronchitis, so you may need to stay away from large crowds of people. Other factors such as cigarette smoke, whether first hand or second hand can trigger an asthma attack, so try to refrain from smoking or people who do.

Asthma in pregnancy is commonly caused from allergies. Particles that just float in the air can be triggers for allergies to begin such as dust, dust mites, or pollen. Depending on the season, try to avoid these things as much as possible.

It’s good to know that a attack of asthma in pregnancy is very rare during delivery. It’s a very low percentage and usually your body will return to its normal state within three months after you have delivered.

Don’t be afraid to have a baby if you suffer from asthma, just be aware that asthma in pregnancy can be a concern. If you learn yourself ahead of time, you can try to prevent any possible triggers that might bring on an asthma attack.