Asthma During Pregnancy

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While you’re not likely to develop asthma after becoming pregnant, those who already have the condition can often see flare-ups during maternity.

During your pregnancy, you may find your asthma symptoms get worse and you might experience problems like:

  • Wheezing and breathlessness
  • Tightness across your chest
  • A persistent cough

Our doctors will be able to advise you on the best ways of coping with an asthma flare-up during pregnancy and recommend treatments that won’t affect your baby.

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What Causes Asthma During Pregnancy?

Asthma causes the passageway into your lungs (the bronchi) to become inflamed and highly sensitive. These reactions cause the airways to become narrow and irritated, which can lead to a range of breathing difficulties.

Hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy can cause increased inflammation and sensitivity in the bronchi. This will usually occur around the 13-week mark.

You should keep an eye out for signs that your condition is worsening and if needed, talk to a doctor about managing your symptoms during your pregnancy.

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Treating Asthma During Pregnancy

In most cases, asthma can be treated as normal throughout pregnancy. However, it’s important to ensure you manage your symptoms to ensure there’s no risk to your own health and that of your baby.

Prevention is better than the cure when it comes to asthma during pregnancy and you should try and maintain your prescribed medication and/or inhaler usage – even if you’re not currently experiencing any symptoms.

If you suffer from asthma and have recently become pregnant, you should speak with a GP as soon as possible.

Our doctors will be able to help you develop a plan to manage your asthma throughout your pregnancy and prepare for any changes to the condition.

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