Uncontrolled asthma for pregnant women
1) Asthma and pregnancy
- Asthma is a fairly common health problem for pregnant women, including some women who have never had one before.
- During pregnancy, it not only affects you, but it can also reduce the oxygen your fetus receives from you. But that does not mean that having asthma will make your pregnancy more difficult or dangerous for you or your fetus.
- Pregnant women who have the disease properly controlled usually have normal pregnancies with little or no risk to themselves or their babies. Most treatments are safe to use when you are pregnant.
- After years of research, experts now say that it’s much safer to manage your asthma with medications than to leave untreated asthma during pregnancy.
2) Risks of uncontrolled asthma among pregnant women
- If you have never had asthma before, you may not think that shortness of breath or wheezing during your pregnancy is asthma.
- If you know that you are suffering from it, you may not worry about it. This may just be mild symptoms. But this can affect your fetus and you must act accordingly.
- You do not know what to expect from one day to the next. You may feel tired or uncomfortable one day and full of energy the next day. The last thing you need is an asthma attack.
- If you suffer, you know the symptoms of an attack. You may have wheezing, coughing, or difficulty breathing.
- Remember that the fetus depends on the air you breathe for its oxygen. When you have an attack, the fetus may not have enough oxygen. This can put him in great danger.
3) Other risks
- If you took medication for your asthma before getting pregnant, especially if it was well controlled, you may be tempted to stop taking your medicine for fear of damaging the fetus. It would be a mistake without the doctor’s advice. The risk of most drugs against the disease for the fetus is minimal compared to the risk of a severe asthma attack.
- Women with uncontrolled disease are more likely to have complications during pregnancy. Their babies are more likely to be born premature, to be small or to have low birth weight. They are also likely to be hospitalized longer after birth.
- However, the controlled disease can put your health at risk since you are more likely to suffer from pre-eclampsia or hypertension. Both of these conditions can also put your baby at risk. The more severe the asthma, the higher the risk for the fetus.
4) It’s impossible to predict how pregnancy can affect your asthma
- The more mild your asthma is before pregnancy, the better it is controlled during pregnancy. Better are the chances of having little or no asthma symptoms during pregnancy. If control deteriorates during pregnancy, symptoms tend to be more severe during weeks 24 to 36 (6 to 8 months).
- Most women experience the same level of asthma symptoms throughout their pregnancies.
- It is difficult to have a crisis during childbirth. However, some medications used during or immediately after delivery may make it worse. In most cases, symptoms return to normal within three months of delivery.
- The important thing to remember is that the disease can be controlled during pregnancy. If it is controlled, you are as likely to have a normal pregnancy and childbirth.