If you are suffering from asthma and you are pregnant?...
- If you are suffering from asthma and you are pregnant? Your unborn
child could face life threat. Read on to now more
Uncontrolled asthma during pregnancy can prove detrimental to the
unborn child according to the latest journal published online by
American Academy of Allergy, Asthama & Immunology (AAAAI).
Over 7% of the pregnant women diagnosed are found to be suffering
from Milwaukee-asthama and around 30% of them suffer complications
during pregnancy due to lack of care and treatment.
The fetus requires ample level of oxygen for proper growth and normal
development. Decreased oxygen levels can lead to impaired fetal
survival, resulting in shunted growth and less weight. However,
studies have indicated that well managed asthma during pregnancy does
not increase the risk of maternal or infant complications.
As per a study released in 2003 by the Maternal Fetal Medicine Units
Network of the National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development (NICHD) highlighted that the level of severity of asthma
increased in 30% women and decreased in 23% from the starting and end
It is therefore advised that pregnant women should be in close
contact with their allergist/immunologist as they could monitor their
conditions and alter medications and dosages. Women with general
allergy rhinitis, sinusitis or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
should also take care of their conditions as it could aggravate
asthma and become troublesome during pregnancy.
It is also advised that pregnant women like others with asthama
should stay away from allergy triggering agents like house dust
mites, animal dander and irritants such as cigarette smoke.
Pregnant women with asthma should take all possible steps to manage
their asthma. Visit your allergist/immunologist so that they can
prescribe effective asthma and allergy medications.
The studies conducted throughout on thousands of pregnant women have
found inhaled asthma medications to be more appropriate for pregnant
women. It is advised that you avoid oral medications (pills) during
pregnancy unless very necessary to control symptoms.
It is ideal if pregnant women visit their allergist/immunologist
regularly during pregnancy so that you can keep the asthmatic
symptoms very much in control and prevent them from further
aggravating. Besides, this will also give allergist/immunologist
amble time to making appropriate changes in the management program to
timely counter any symptoms from growing worse. In addition, you
could refer to the AAAAI's How the Allergist/Immunologist Can Help:
Consultation and Referral Guidelines Citing the Evidence provide
information to assist patients and health care professionals in
determining when a patient may need consultation or ongoing specialty
care by the allergist/immunologist.
To find an allergist/immunologist in your area or to learn more about
allergies and asthma you can call the AAAAI's Physician Referral and
Information Line at (800) 822-2762 or visit the AAAAI Web site at
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