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Asthma is a disease that limits airflow to the lungs. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. It usually begins at childhood, but it can develop at any age.

Asthma and pregnancy

  • Most of the time, the babies of asthma sufferers develop normally.
  • Severe asthma attacks can drastically lower the amount of oxygen in your blood. If your attacks are frequent or prolonged, there is a small chance that your baby may grow slowly and may be smaller than expected.
  • Most asthma medications will not harm your baby. Your doctor or midwife will probably recommend that you stay on the medications you were using before you got pregnant.
  • Asthma attacks are surprisingly rare during labor, but if you do have an attack, you can use an inhaler or other medication. If you needed oral steroids such as Prednisone during your pregnancy, you may need intravenous steroids during labor.
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