When Asthma & Pregnancy Are a Dangerous Mix

pregnantFor most people, asthma is an annoying, but usually non-life-threatening condition. Between 4 to 8 percent of women suffer from it, and for most who manage it well, it doesn't affect a healthy pregnancy. When it's not managed well, however, it can lead to serious, life-threatening complications.

A new study recently published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows a strong link between women with poorly controlled asthma and the risks of premature birth and preeclampsia. Those whose asthma wasn't under control had a 25 percent increased risk of pre-term birth and a 50 percent increased risk of developing preeclampsia.

Researchers say the findings should serve as an important call to women and doctors to carefully monitor asthma during pregnancy.

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In a press release, Dr. Christina Chambers, one of the study's researchers, stressed the significance of the findings for women with asthma:

The findings are significant and call for women with asthma to be more closely-monitored during pregnancy. It would be advisable for women on regular medications for asthma or having frequent symptoms to be monitored at least monthly during the course of their pregnancies.

The good news is that the complications seem to be largely preventable, which is great when it comes to serious conditions such as premature birth and preeclampisa, both of which carry huge risks for mothers and babies. Anything that can be done to prevent them is a major victory in figuring out the complicated puzzles they present.

Of course, like with most medical findings, more research is needed, particularly regarding asthma medications usage during pregnancy. But for now, if you have asthma and are pregnant, make sure you and your doctor discuss the best plan for managing it.

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