If you have asthma, managing and controlling is important part of your life especially when you are pregnant.
Controlling asthma means staying away from things that trigger your condition and taking asthma medicines as directed by the doctor.
Certain asthma medicines can help to protect your baby and help it to develop naturally.
During pregnancy, your asthma symptoms will worsen for about one-third of all women.
Symptoms may be very severe from seventh to ninth month of pregnancy.
There are no harmful effects from asthma medicines such as inhaled steroids and bronchodilators even after decades of use by pregnant women.
If you take asthma treatment in pregnancy, it protects your unborn baby and no side effects from asthma medicines to your baby.
Asthma medicines during pregnancy:
- Long term medications are taken regularly even if there are no symptoms. Long term medicines such as inhaled corticosteroids are used for long term control.
- Inhaled short acting beta-agonists are used for fast relief of symptoms.
- Avoid antihistamines and decongestants during pregnancy.
Tips for pregnant women:
- If you are pregnant, don’t smoke during pregnancy and do not allow others to smoke around you during pregnancy. Smoking affects your baby’s lungs and it is also bad for your asthma. If you don not smoke or don not live in a smoky environment, then you probably need less asthma medicine.
- During pregnancy, avoid allergic causes of asthma such as dust mites and pets. Avoid damp places, pollen and cold air which trigger your asthma. If you keep away the causes of asthma, you will also reduce the amount of asthma medicine you are likely to need.
- You should attend for regular check ups and treatment should be taken regularly. If you follow this, you will be less likely to have worsening of your asthma or even an emergency. If you are taking preventer asthma medicines regularly, you are less likely to need big doses of drugs because of worsening asthma.
- It is important to watch your asthma closely, so use a peak flow meter each day if your doctor prescribes and see the changes in the asthma regularly to control it.
- You should not stop taking asthma medicines unless your doctor tells you to. Before taking any new asthma medicines such as over-the-counter medicines and herbal medicines, talk to your doctor. Using asthma medicines during pregnancy is much safer than letting your asthma get out of control.
Few women get asthma for the very first time while they are pregnant. If you had asthma as a child, you may get suddenly when you are pregnant. If your asthma has just started, this means your lungs are close to normal and so the treatment should be very effective.
In some rare occasions, asthma can be bad during pregnancy and you need to be admitted to hospital to control asthma. But, the good news is that asthma gets much better again after pregnancy.
Make an asthma action plan and go with it for the safety of your baby. Whatever the questions you want to ask to your doctor, prepare a list before the next visit to your doctor.
Whatever the symptoms you are experiencing, write down and tell to your doctor. Tell your doctor about your asthma medicines you are taking and ask whether there is any need to change the asthma medicines.