How to manage asthma during pregnancy

Pregnancy can be an exciting and overwhelming time in a woman’s life. Women who are pregnant know to expect many changes to their body. During these changes, it is important to know how to manage existing conditions or diseases, such as asthma. Fortunately, there are some easy-to-implement changes that women can make at home that may help control asthma during pregnancy.

First, it’s important to recognize that asthma and allergies are often closely related. Because of this, it’s important to free the home of things that trigger allergic reactions. The most common triggers include things like pollen, mold, pet dander, or dust mites. Items that promote the growth or presence of these irritants should be taken care of appropriately. Pillows, mattresses, and box springs should be sealed up in dust mite-proof casings. Bedding should be washed weekly in 130-degree water. Mold growth can be limited by monitoring home humidity levels and addressing problem areas, such as damp basements or dirty air filters.

Additional environmental elements can also worsen allergy and asthma symptoms. Pregnant woman should not be exposed to dangerous air pollutants like tobacco smoke, smog, chemical fumes, and strong odors.

An important factor in managing asthma during pregnancy is maintaining an active and open line of communication with your doctors. This is the absolute best way to control the problem and ensure that you will have a healthy and safe pregnancy. Doctors sometimes alter medications depending on each individual situation, so it’s important for women to track their symptoms so that they can communicate them at regularly scheduled check-ups.

Dr. Summit Shah

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