About 8% of pregnant women suffer from asthma. Asthma can become worse during pregnancy for about one-third of these women.
Uncontrolled asthma during pregnancy can cause a number of problems including premature birth and low birth weight.
When a child is born too soon, he/she can suffer from a variety of problems, many of which may be permanent, depending on how soon before the baby’s due date it is born.
Lung development is often a particular concern as the baby’s lungs are one of the last organs to mature before birth.
If a woman properly controls her asthma and asthma symptoms, she can usually have a healthy pregnancy and baby and avoid any complications. The problem is that asthma medications need to be monitored and sometimes adjusted during pregnancy, and many women just stop taking or using their asthma medications.
If you are a pregnant woman, the chances are that discontinuing your asthma medication may cause greater harm to your baby than any risks from continuing the medication. You should talk to your doctor about controlling your symptoms and making any needed adjustments in medication.