Pregnancy Issues for Asthma

Pregnancy and asthma

Asthma doesn't affect your chances of having children, and the vast majority of women with asthma will have a normal pregnancy.

Generally, treatment stays the same during pregnancy. Most asthma medicines, particularly inhalers, are considered safe while pregnant or breastfeeding.

But you should speak to your doctor or asthma nurse for advice if you become pregnant or are planning a pregnancy, because:

  • your symptoms may get worse during pregnancy - although some women find they improve - so your treatment may need to be reviewed regularly
  • poorly controlled asthma in pregnancy can increase the risk of complications such as pre-eclampsia and premature birth
  • extra precautions may need to be taken during labour to avoid an asthma attack, although attacks during labour are rare

Source: NHS Choices UK1

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  1. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ asthma/ living-with/ 

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