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How can severe asthma affect my pregnancy?

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Severe asthma or symptoms that aren’t well-controlled can cause a number of problems:

  • Severe morning sickness
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Problems with your placenta
  • High blood pressure
  • Premature delivery (Your baby may be born before 37 weeks.)
  • Problems during labor

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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