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How can asthma affect my baby during pregnancy?

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Your baby depends on a constant supply of oxygen in your blood to stay healthy and develop the way she should. If your asthma symptoms aren’t controlled, your blood may not have enough oxygen to support your baby. This can lead to a low birth weight (less than 5.5 pounds). But that’s not likely to happen. Most women who control their asthma during pregnancy deliver healthy babies.

SOURCES:

March of Dimes: “Asthma During Pregnancy.”

MotherToBaby.org: “Fact Sheet: Asthma.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Asthma and pregnancy (Beyond the Basics.)”

Mayo Clinic: “Pregnancy and Asthma: Managing Your Symptoms.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Asthma and Pregnancy.”

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: “Asthma, Allergies, and Pregnancy.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Pregnancy and Asthma.”

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital: “Asthma and Pregnancy (Effects on the Mother and Baby.)”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on May 5, 2017

SOURCES:

March of Dimes: “Asthma During Pregnancy.”

MotherToBaby.org: “Fact Sheet: Asthma.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Asthma and pregnancy (Beyond the Basics.)”

Mayo Clinic: “Pregnancy and Asthma: Managing Your Symptoms.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Asthma and Pregnancy.”

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: “Asthma, Allergies, and Pregnancy.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Pregnancy and Asthma.”

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital: “Asthma and Pregnancy (Effects on the Mother and Baby.)”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on May 5, 2017

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