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Health Tip: Pregnancy and Asthma

Key is to control symptoms, avoid attacks

(HealthDay News) -- Having asthma doesn't necessarily mean an unhealthy pregnancy. The key is to control symptoms and prevent attacks.

The University of Virginia Medical Center offers these suggestions for asthmatic women who are pregnant:

  • Avoid anything that triggers asthma symptoms, such as tobacco smoke or pet dander.
  • As prescribed by your doctor, keep taking your asthma medications throughout your pregnancy.
  • Keep exercise moderate. If you have exercise-induced asthma, use your asthma medication. Check with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen.
  • If you are in the second or third trimester during flu season, make sure you get a flu shot.
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