Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Pregnancy Asthma Prevention

Many complications the body undergoes when pregnant. The rising and falling hormone levels, pains, nausea, and headaches are just some of the things that women have to go through while carrying their child.

Adding asthma into the mix doesn’t help the situation at all, and it can present a difficult situation for you and your baby as your pregnancy continues to term-prevent asthma.

If you have asthma and are pregnant, the major changes in your hormone levels can also change your asthma symptoms for better and for worse. If you do have an asthma attack during pregnancy, most inhaled medications can be used, however if you take pills to help with your asthma, they may have to be halted temporarily while pregnant.

Readily to avoid an asthma attack during pregnancy, here are some steps to follow.

Avoid exposure to allergens, including pet dander, house dust, tobacco smoke or strong perfumes. 
Use mattress covers and pillows with special casings to reduce the amount of dust mites. 
While it’s important not to smoke during pregnancy, having asthma and smoking during pregnancy is even worse.

If you will be pregnant through the winter months, consider getting a flu shot.

If you are an asthmatic and become pregnant, it’s greatly essential that you speak with your doctor about how to control manage the symptoms of an asthma attack, as lack of oxygen in your blood can produce harmful and even dangerous effects to you and your baby.