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What are the risks of taking asthma medicines while pregnant?

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Although birth defects caused by asthma medicines are rare, your doctor may still try to cut back on your dosage during your first trimester.

You should feel free to ask your doctor any questions, just as you would for any other concerns you have. Keep in mind that letting your asthma symptoms go untreated poses a greater risk to your baby than any treatment your doctor may prescribe.

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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