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Oh, Baby! Pregnancy & Asthma

pregnancy-asthma

It’s an exciting time for you and your family – you’re going to have a baby! During that time, there will be many changes to your body. One you might not think about is pregnancy-induced asthma. Or you may already be dealing with asthma and don’t know it. The exact cause of pregnancy-induced asthma is not known, but it is believed that increased hormone levels are a likely culprit.

Here are some common asthma symptoms:

  • tightness in the chest
  • trouble breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • coughing
  • wheezing

Why is asthma during pregnancy a concern?

As long as you are treating your asthma and it remains under control, you probably will not experience any asthma related problems. However, one-third of women with asthma will develop worsening symptoms when they are pregnant. Untreated asthma could lead to some of these problems:

  • Severe morning sickness
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • A pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, often the kidneys (preeclampsia)
  • Restricted fetal growth
  • Complicated labor
  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight

In extreme cases, the baby’s life might be in jeopardy.

Can I take asthma medicine during pregnancy?

Talk to your doctor about the best way to treat asthma during your pregnancy. It is important to discuss which medications have been studied to treat asthma during pregnancy to keep baby safe and your asthma under good control. Continue your medication if you are already being treated for asthma.

Can I take allergy shots while I’m pregnant?

You should not start allergy shots while you are pregnant due to the small risk of anaphylaxis.

If you are already on allergy shots though, you should continue them while you are pregnant. One study showed a decreased rate of asthma in children if their mother was on allergy shots during pregnancy. If you are planning to get pregnant, you should start allergy shots first so we can build you up to maintenance before you start trying.

Whether you already have asthma or if you suspect you might have pregnancy-induced asthma, we have four Cincinnati locations and one in Richmond, Indiana to care for you and baby. Our board-certified allergists can develop a custom treatment plan to keep you – and baby – breathing easy. If you suspect you might have pregnancy-induced asthma, make an appointment at one of our five locations today.