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ASTHMA AND PREGNANCY

Friday, March 18th, 2011
Pregnant asthmatics are often worried about the effects of their asthma and asthma medications on the unborn child. The ideal would be to have a drug-free pregnancy, but the reality is that most pregnant women with a chronic or persistent illness need to continue with their medication. There are some drugs, including anti-asthma drugs, that should be avoided during pregnancy and preferably no new drugs should be introduced during pregnancy. Fortunately the most commonly prescribed and effective anti-asthma drugs are known to be safe throughout pregnancy — theophylline drugs, Becotide, Pulmicort, Aldecin, Becloforte, Ventolin, Respolin, Atrovent and Bricanyl.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THAT LACK OF OXYGEN DURING AN ACUTE ATTACK CAN BE MORE DAMAGING TO THE UNBORN CHILD THAN MEDICATION. UNCONTROLLED ASTHMA IS A MAJOR RISK FACTOR FOR BOTH THE MOTHER AND CHILD. GOOD CONTROL OF ASTHMA DURING PREGNANCY IS VITAL.
About one percent of pregnant women are asthmatic. Some pregnant asthmatics report an improvement in their health during pregnancy and are able to reduce their medication. (Reducing your medication should not be done without consultation with your doctor.) Statistics show that, in general, one-third of asthmatic women improve during pregnancy, one-third remain unchanged and another third experience worsening symptoms.
It is of the utmost importance that asthma is well-controlled during pregnancy. When an asthmatic woman becomes pregnant, she should consult her doctor immediately and discuss such important issues as medication, general lifestyle and diet, as well as the possible revision of her asthma management plan.
Pregnancy, for many women, is a time when they are particularly vulnerable to emotional upheavals and mood swings. The accompanying psychological stresses can exacerbate their asthma, thus causing a need for extra medication. Many doctors advise their patients to practise relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation and suitable yoga exercises. Such techniques can have an overall beneficial effect on the physical and emotional well-being of a pregnant women.
During the first three months of pregnancy, the fetus is particularly vulnerable to a number of external influences, including exposure to chemical fumes and cigarette smoke, alcohol, lack of nutrients and X-rays. Care should be taken to avoid these dangers. Women should not smoke at any time during their pregnancy and alcohol should be consumed in moderation, if at all.
If pregnant asthmatics adhere to a sensible health regime during their pregnancy, follow their doctors’ advice on necessary medication and avoid the obvious hazards, there is no reason why they cannot expect to have a normal and uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery.
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ASTHMA AND PREGNANCYPregnant asthmatics are often worried about the effects of their asthma and asthma medications on the unborn child. The ideal would be to have a drug-free pregnancy, but the reality is that most pregnant women with a chronic or persistent illness need to continue with their medication. There are some drugs, including anti-asthma drugs, that should be avoided during pregnancy and preferably no new drugs should be introduced during pregnancy. Fortunately the most commonly prescribed and effective anti-asthma drugs are known to be safe throughout pregnancy — theophylline drugs, Becotide, Pulmicort, Aldecin, Becloforte, Ventolin, Respolin, Atrovent and Bricanyl.IT IS IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THAT LACK OF OXYGEN DURING AN ACUTE ATTACK CAN BE MORE DAMAGING TO THE UNBORN CHILD THAN MEDICATION. UNCONTROLLED ASTHMA IS A MAJOR RISK FACTOR FOR BOTH THE MOTHER AND CHILD. GOOD CONTROL OF ASTHMA DURING PREGNANCY IS VITAL.About one percent of pregnant women are asthmatic. Some pregnant asthmatics report an improvement in their health during pregnancy and are able to reduce their medication. (Reducing your medication should not be done without consultation with your doctor.) Statistics show that, in general, one-third of asthmatic women improve during pregnancy, one-third remain unchanged and another third experience worsening symptoms.It is of the utmost importance that asthma is well-controlled during pregnancy. When an asthmatic woman becomes pregnant, she should consult her doctor immediately and discuss such important issues as medication, general lifestyle and diet, as well as the possible revision of her asthma management plan.Pregnancy, for many women, is a time when they are particularly vulnerable to emotional upheavals and mood swings. The accompanying psychological stresses can exacerbate their asthma, thus causing a need for extra medication. Many doctors advise their patients to practise relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation and suitable yoga exercises. Such techniques can have an overall beneficial effect on the physical and emotional well-being of a pregnant women.During the first three months of pregnancy, the fetus is particularly vulnerable to a number of external influences, including exposure to chemical fumes and cigarette smoke, alcohol, lack of nutrients and X-rays. Care should be taken to avoid these dangers. Women should not smoke at any time during their pregnancy and alcohol should be consumed in moderation, if at all.If pregnant asthmatics adhere to a sensible health regime during their pregnancy, follow their doctors’ advice on necessary medication and avoid the obvious hazards, there is no reason why they cannot expect to have a normal and uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery.*41\148\2*