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Pregnancy and Asthma

Asthma affects the lungs and during pregnancy women suffering from asthma may have unpredictable course of the dieses. Some women feel, it worsens during pregnancy and others may have a stable condition whereas, some women feel their condition improves. The medication of asthma should not be discontinued abruptly during pregnancy because it can reduce the level of oxygen reaching the growing fetus.

Various patterns of asthma

1. Pregnant women suffering from asthma may suffer from severe attack during the twenty-ninth or thirty-sixth week of pregnancy

2. In the last month of pregnancy, women may not suffer from severe asthma and during labor or childbirth; she may not have the problem.

3. In previous pregnancy if you did not suffer from breathing disorders, you may not have it in subsequent pregnancies.

Trigger factors

There are no constant factors but women are at high risk in seventeenth to twenty fourth week.

Effect on the fetus and the mother

Women suffering from asthma can have many medical complications such as:

1. High blood pressure
2. Premature baby
3. Caesarean baby
4. Small babies having low birth weight

There are many women who suffer from asthma but their babies have no health problems.

Nutrition and diet for the condition

1. Take adequate amount of folic acid and vitamins to prevent birth defects in the baby.

2. Quit smoking and alcohol or drugs, which can damage the growth of the baby.

3. Do not take excess caffeine and beverages.

4. Do not take non prescription medicines that can trigger allergic reaction.

5. The medical practitioner should take test of blood to check the symptoms of various inherited health issues.

Tests and care during pregnancy

1. Women suffering from asthma should be diagnosed regularly from the initial trimester to the thirty sixth week of pregnancy. Blood test and urine test should be conducted.

2. Exact due date should be known. If you are unable to remember the date of conception, ultrasound is done in the twentieth week to get the accurate due date.

3. Baby's heart rate should be examined regularly and to test the growth of the baby in eighteenth to twentieth weeks.

4. Take asthma treatment to analyze if the lungs are functioning properly. Asthma may worsen during night and may be normal during the day time. Measure the functioning of lungs by using the device that measures peak expiratory flow rate. Count the number of attacks in a day and consult a doctor in case the situation gets severe.

5. Non stress testing is done during the thirty-second week to analyze the condition of the baby and to test the heart rate of the baby. A device is fixed at mother's abdomen and it is used to measure the baby heart beat. The heart rate should be between hundred- twenty to hundred - sixty beats per minute.

6. Stay away from items, which triggers asthma attack such a as stress, feathers, smoke, pollen grains, dust mites etc.

7. You can take medication such as Glucocorticoids and Bronchodilators to control its attack.

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