Q: Which medications are best for you during pregnancy?
A: A physician board certified
in allergy and immunology can help you determine which asthma and allergy medications are the safest and most effective to take throughout pregnancy.
Make an appointment soon after discovering you are pregnant! In the meantime, here are
some common questions.
Q: Can women with asthma have safe pregnancies?
A: Yes. With good asthma management, you can keep your asthma under control and have a healthy baby.
Q: How does uncontrolled asthma affect the fetus?
A: It can cause a decrease in the amount of oxygen in your blood supply. The fetus gets its oxygen from your blood. Since a fetus needs a constant supply of oxygen for normal growth and development, managing
asthma symptoms is important to allow you and your baby to get enough oxygen.
A: The risks of asthma flareups are greater than the risks
of taking necessary asthma medications. Studies show that most inhaled asthma medications are safe for women to use while pregnant. Knowing which medications to take is a good reason to stay in close contact with your allergist so he or she can monitor your condition and alter your medications or dosages if needed.
Will being pregnant afect my asthma?
A: Roughly 1/3 of patient’s asthma symptoms improve, 1/3 worsens, and 1/3 stays the same during pregnancy.
Can I continue to get allergy shots during pregnancy?
A: Allergy shots are generally safe to do while pregnant. As always, your allergist will monitor you closely to reduce your risk of an allergic reaction to the shots. These reactions are rare; however, a reaction could be harmful to the fetus. Allergy shots should not be started for
the first time during pregnancy.
Q: Can women with asthma perform Lamaze?
A: Most women with asthma are able to do Lamaze without any problems.
Q: Can I breastfeed if I am taking medications for my asthma or allergies?
A: Breastfeeding is a good way to increase your child’s immunity, and it is strongly recommended. Medications recommended for use during pregnancy can be continued while nursing.
These are common questions during pregnancy, however, each patient’s treatment varies. It’s best to visit your allergist during
pregnancy so that appropriate changes can be made in your treatment plan. Discuss any specific concerns with your allergist to ensure the healthiest pregnancy for you and your baby.
- You can have a healthy pregnancy if you have asthma or allergies.
- Managing your symptoms is critical.
- Don’t stop taking medications.
- An allergist has special training to develop a treatment plan right for you during pregnancy.
The right care can make the difference between suffering with an allergic disease and feeling better. Please visit my website at rockymountainallergy.com or call
801-775-9800 to feel better and live better.