Health Tip: Pregnancy and Asthma

Symptoms may worsen in many women

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(HealthDay News) -- Asthma can cause serious complications during pregnancy if the condition is uncontrolled. About 8 percent of women in their childbearing years are asthmatic, the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology says.

When women who have asthma become pregnant, their symptoms could well change, the ACAAI says.

  • Women who have severe asthma are likely to have worsening symptoms. Women with mild asthma may actually see an improvement or no change in symptoms.
  • Symptoms that asthmatic women have during their first pregnancy are likely to resurface during subsequent pregnancies.
  • The most severe asthma symptoms are most likely to surface between weeks 24 and 36 of pregnancy.
  • A woman's asthma symptoms usually revert to pre-pregnancy symptoms within three months of giving birth.

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