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Asthma in Pregnancy (cont.)

Severe Asthma Attacks

If you have asthma and are pregnant, you should be extra vigilant about your symptoms. Keep in mind that your symptoms may be worse than usual. You may have an attack that is more severe than you are used to. Don't go by how your asthma has been in the past, go by your symptoms now. If you are having chest tightness or difficulty catching your breath, go to the nearest hospital emergency department. There you can be given oxygen and "rescue" medications that are safe for you and your baby. Do not plan to travel to remote areas with difficult access to health-care facilities.

Treatment of Asthma in Pregnancy

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The best way to treat asthma is to avoid having an attack in the first place. Avoid exposure to your asthma triggers. This might improve your symptoms and reduce the amount of medication you have to take.

  • If you smoke, quit. Smoking can harm you and your fetus. Avoid being around others who are smoking; secondhand smoke can trigger an asthma attack. Secondhand smoke also can cause asthma and other health problems in your children.
  • If you have symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux (for example, heartburn), avoid eating large meals or lying down after eating.
  • Stay away from people who have a cold, the flu, or other infection.
  • Avoid things you are allergic to.
  • Remove contaminants and irritants from your home.
  • Avoid your known personal triggers (cat dander, exercise, whatever sets you off).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/15/2014
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