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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Pregnancy and Asthma


It seems that allergies and asthma are becoming more prevalent today. It just makes sense that women with asthma who become pregnant are going to have a lot of questions and concerns about how their asthma or asthma medications are going to affect their baby. Here is a site devoted to pregnancy and asthma which will hopefully answer your questions if you suffer from this condition:

www.pregnancyandasthma.com

From the site:

The Pregnancy Pickle: What is Safe for Treating Asthma?

By Christine Haran
Women who are pregnant are generally advised not to take any medication to avoid exposing the fetus to potentially harmful chemicals. So it's not uncommon to find a pregnant women struggling with a sinus infection because she wants to avoid antibiotics, or a headache because she's not taking aspirin. But asthma is a different story. Studies suggest that women with untreated asthma are more likely to have problems with their pregnancies—and that women with asthma should be treated for it during pregnancy.

There has been concern that the use of inhaled steroids, which are used to treat persistent asthma, during pregnancy might lead to the birth of infants who are small for their gestational age and have a low birth weight. But a recent study of 474 women, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, did not find such a link. Below, Michael Schatz, MD, chief of the allergy department at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Diego, and incoming president of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, discusses how this information can help pregnant women with asthma feel more comfortable with their decision to treat their lung condition.

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