What Is Safe? Asthma During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Disclaimer: This page houses important information and resources pertaining to asthma during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, including links to our evidence-based Fact Sheets. However, the resources here should not replace the care and advice of a medical professional.
Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases among people of reproductive age. It is a lung disease that causes episodes of wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. While asthma is a chronic condition that cannot be cured, it can be managed – and good asthma control is critically important for a healthy pregnancy. Maternal asthma, especially poorly controlled asthma, is associated with higher rates of pregnancy complications, such as spontaneous abortions, preeclampsia (a serious condition involving high blood pressure), placental problems, preterm birth, and low birth weight.
If you’re pregnant or are thinking about becoming pregnant, it’s more important than ever to keep your asthma controlled. Avoiding triggers and taking your asthma medications as prescribed can all help ensure a healthy pregnancy for you and your baby-to-be.— American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology
Asthma management during pregnancy should continue to include the treatments that best control your asthma symptoms. Most asthma medications have not been shown to have harmful effects on a developing baby; however, it’s important to speak with your healthcare provider about how to best manage your asthma during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
Reference: March of Dimes: Asthma During Pregnancy
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If you’re pregnant and have asthma, please consider enrolling into our observational study to give people better answers about how asthma and its management can affect a pregnancy and a developing baby. You will not be asked to take or change any medications, and you can participate from the comfort of your home.
Please see our library of resources below on asthma during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
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