Asthma and pregnancy

How pregnancy can affect asthma

Asthma is a respiratory condition that causes the airways to become inflamed, making it harder for air to travel to and from your lungs. The most common symptoms are breathlessness, coughing and wheezing and a tight feeling in the chest. During an asthma attack, the symptoms are more severe and come on suddenly, needing urgent medical attention.

 

How does pregnancy affect asthma?

During pregnancy, it’s not possible to predict whether your asthma symptoms will be worse or not. For some women, their asthma symptoms get worse during pregnancy, for others they may improve or there is no noticeable change. It’s important to see your doctor as soon as possible so they can advise you on the best way to manage your asthma during your pregnancy.

Acid reflux is common during pregnancy and this is something that can trigger your asthma symptoms and make it worse. It’s important to be mindful of any possible triggers which occur during your pregnancy so that your midwife and GP can make sure your asthma is being managed properly.

 

What if my asthma gets worse during pregnancy?

If you find that you are using your reliever inhaler more frequently, you are coughing and wheezing more during the night or notice a tightness in your chest then these symptoms should be reported to your doctor as it’s likely that your asthma is getting worse. They can review your symptoms and existing medication so make sure you are receiving the right treatment.

 

Is it safe to use my inhaler during pregnancy?

You should continue to use your inhalers as usual while you are pregnant. Most asthma medication is completely safe for pregnant women and poses no risk to you or your baby. Your asthma treatment will remain the same as usual during your pregnancy unless your symptoms get worse.

Stopping your medication will put your health at risk and increases the risk of your baby being born with a low weight. If you have any concerns about your asthma treatment while you are pregnant then reach out to your GP for advice.

 

Is it safe to use my inhaler while breastfeeding?

You should continue with your regular asthma treatment while breastfeeding. It’s safe to do so and this doesn’t pose any risk to your baby. It’s important to make sure you’re looking after your own health too.

 

How do I manage my asthma during pregnancy?

You should follow your asthma treatment plan as usual while you are pregnant. There are steps you can take to minimise your asthma symptoms to help manage your condition during pregnancy. These include:

  • Using a preventer inhaler if you get a cough or a cold. Discuss this with your doctor for the best course of action

  • Quit smoking

  • Avoiding triggers like pet hair, dust, or any allergens that cause a reaction

  • Take antihistamines if you have hayfever (your doctor will advise you on which ones are safe to take)

  • Exercise and eat a healthy diet

The most important thing to do is to ensure that you use your inhalers correctly during the course of your pregnancy. Keep them with you at all times and share your treatment plan with the people around you so that they are aware of what to do in an emergency. If you experience an asthma attack and your inhaler isn’t helping, don’t hesitate to call 999 for emergency help.  

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Sources

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/asthma-pregnant/

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