May 5th is World Asthma Day.
In the United States, over 25 million people are known to suffer from asthma, most of which as adults are women. So what do you do if you have asthma and get pregnant? Take a look at some helpful tips and info for managing asthma during pregnancy.
1. Talk with your doctor to help identify and control factors like allergens and irritants that contribute to your asthma symptoms. With spring getting the upper hand in in Central New York, avoiding and controlling seasonal and environmental allergens can help decrease the amount of medications you need for your asthma.
2. Stay on top of your own education. Most doctors recommend that pregnant women with Asthma seek monthly evaluations for their lung and pulmonary health. Keeping detailed track of how your lung health and fetal activity is doing will help keep both you and your doctor fully aware of any changes or needs your body and baby have.
3. Follow your doctor’s instructions and ask questions. By making sure you are fully informed of everything involving your asthma during pregnancy, you can help decrease risks and the severity of complications. You should always be aware of your recommended approach and treatment for your asthma and your medications – including the proper dose and frequency with which you should be using them.
At Women’s Health Associates, in Rome and Oneida, we know that dealing with the symptoms and seeking treatment to help can be a frustrating process. If you are having symptoms or difficulty breathing, make sure you come in for a checkup.
For more information on Asthma visit http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/asthma and always talk with your doctor before taking any medical advice.Leave a reply →