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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Asthma during pregnancy

During 1st pregnancy I have never ending coughing problem..Its like on off..and of course I have to visit doctor also cannot do anything and just said "pembawaan budak"..So on off I have consume herbal cough syrup and lozenges given by doctor...Not to mentioned after some times I do not take any medicines or check with doctors..*letih muka sama problem sama*

When I started having check up with Dr Hamidah, I told my on off problem and she prescribed me with inhaler..Seems it works although I always think that I do not have asthma problem.

Then after delivery, I have no coughing problem..It back to normal

Until just recently before CNY, I started to cough again. Encik suami asked me to use back the inhaler..but nothing much. On Maulidur Rasul night I had a serious cough till I cannot sleep..start to wheezes. I just visit the same doctor and she said she will refer me to specialist at Columbia Asia due to prolong cough that I have.

At Columbia, the doctor told me at certain stage during pregnancy asthma can be worst although those days I do not have asthma history. So on that moment I knew that besides diabetic and high blood pressure that attack pregnant women, asthma is the other thing *kan ada yg kena kencing manis, darah tinggi time pregnant je..begitu jugaklah dgn asma ni*

Alhamdulillah he treated me with nebulizer and works at least I stop wheezing although that night I still cannot sleep..But for the rest of the day I can sleep.

When I met Dr Hamidah last week, suddenly I start cough again. Nak tak nak kenala cerita, and coincidently at the same time there is medical doctor. So she advice me to continue using inhaler (Budesonide) until to some stage I do not cough.

So next check up Dr Hamidah put me on the day that have combine clinic, which will be 24/3-2pm *sapa gi check time ni sila2la tegur..leh wat kawan..hahaha bosan tggu sorg2*

Then I also google and found this from here -

Asthma is a fairly common health problem for pregnant women, including some women who have never had it before. During pregnancy, asthma not only affects you, but it can also cut back on the oxygen your fetus gets from you. But this does not mean that having asthma will make your pregnancy more difficult or dangerous to you or your fetus. Pregnant women with asthma that is properly controlled generally have a normal pregnancy with little or no increased risk to themselves or their fetus.

Most asthma treatments are safe to use when you are pregnant. After years of research, experts now say that it is far safer to manage your asthma with medicine than it is to leave asthma untreated during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about the safest treatment for you.

Risks of uncontrolled asthma to pregnant women

If you have not previously had asthma, you may not think that shortness of breath or wheezing during your pregnancy is asthma. If you know you have asthma, you may not consider it a concern if you only have mild symptoms. But asthma can affect you and your fetus, and you should act accordingly.

If your asthma is not controlled, risks to your health include:

Risks to the fetus include:

  • Death immediately before or after birth (perinatal mortality).
  • Abnormally slow growth of the fetus (intrauterine growth retardation). When born, the baby appears small.
  • Birth before the 37th week of pregnancy (preterm birth).
  • Low birth weight.

The more control you have over your asthma, the less risk there is.

Asthma treatment and pregnancy
Pregnant women manage asthma the same way nonpregnant women do. Like all people with asthma, pregnant women should have an asthma action plan to help them control inflammation and prevent and control asthma attacks. Part of a pregnant woman's action plan should also include recording fetal movements. You can do this by noting whether fetal kicks decrease over time. If you notice less fetal activity during an asthma attack, contact your doctor or emergency help immediately to receive instructions.

Considerations for treatment of asthma in pregnant women include the following:

  • If more than one health professional is involved in the pregnancy and asthma care, they must communicate with each other about treatment. The obstetrician must be involved with asthma care.2
  • Monitor lung function carefully throughout your pregnancy to ensure that your growing fetus gets enough oxygen. Because asthma severity changes for about two-thirds of women during pregnancy, you should have monthly checkups with your doctor to monitor your symptoms and lung function.2 Your doctor will use either spirometry or a peak flow meter to measure your lung function.
  • Monitor fetal movements daily after 28 weeks.
  • Consider ultrasounds after 32 weeks to monitor fetal growth if your asthma is not well controlled or if you have moderate or severe asthma.2Ultrasound exams can also help your doctor check on the fetus after an asthma attack.
  • Try to do more to avoid and control asthma triggers (such as tobacco smoke or dust mites), so that you can take less medicine if possible. Many women have nasal symptoms, and there may be a link between increased nasal symptoms and asthma attacks. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is common in pregnancy, may also cause symptoms.
  • It is important that you have extra protection against influenza. Be sure to get the influenza vaccine before the flu season starts-sometime from October to mid-November-whether you are in your first, second, or third trimester at the time.3 The flu vaccine is effective for one season. The flu vaccine is safe in pregnancy and is recommended for all pregnant women.

Asthma and allergies
Many women also have allergies, such as allergic rhinitis, along with asthma. Treating allergies is an important part of asthma management.

- Inhaled corticosteroids at recommended doses are effective and can be used by pregnant women.

- The antihistamines loratadine or cetirizine are recommended.

- If you are already taking allergy shots, you may continue getting them, but starting allergy shots during pregnancy is not recommended.

- Talk to your doctor about using decongestants you take by mouth (oral decongestants). There may be better treatment options.

Asthma medicines and pregnancy

A review of the animal and human studies on the effects of asthma medicines taken during pregnancy found few risks to the woman or her fetus. It is safer for a pregnant woman with asthma to be treated with asthma medicines than for her to have asthma symptoms and asthma attacks.2 Poor control of asthma is a greater risk to the fetus than asthma medicines are.2Budesonide is labeled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the safest inhaled corticosteroid to use during pregnancy. One study found that low-dose inhaled budesonide in pregnant women seemed to be safe for the mother and the fetus.4

Never stop taking or reduce your medicines without talking to your doctor. You might have to wait until your pregnancy is over to make changes in your medicine.

Always talk to your doctor before using any medicine when you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.


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