Asthma is a chronic lung disease that can be affected by hormonal levels in the body. Increased estrogen levels during pregnancy may contribute to the more severe asthma symptoms experienced by 35 percent of pregnant women.  Mothers-to-be are advised by the American Lung Association to keep their asthma symptoms well-controlled.  Poorly controlled asthma poses serious health risks to both the mother and the unborn child.  Scientific studies have shown that most regular asthma medications are safe to take throughout pregnancy, but each case should be evaluated and monitored by a medical professional.  The allergist may have to change medications or doses, or adjust the asthma treatment plan during the pregnancy to ensure that the mother’s lung function remains optimal.

P.S.  Pregnant women whose asthma symptoms are triggered by dust mites may want to avoid falling asleep on upholstered furniture.

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