Asthma in pregnant women
Good asthma control during pregnancy is a high priority, to protect the foetus as well as the mother. Untreated asthma, poorly controlled asthma or flare-ups during pregnancy put mothers and babies at risk.
Reducing asthma-related risk for women with asthma and their babies involves:
- giving preconception advice to women with asthma
- advising pregnant women about good asthma control
- managing asthma actively during pregnancy
- managing flare-ups during pregnancy.
Asthma medicines are used in pregnancy when the risks of poor asthma control outweigh the risks associated with medicines.
Most asthma medicines can be used by breastfeeding women, because the risks of poor asthma control outweigh the risks associated with medicines.
Table. Pregnancy safety categories for asthma and allergic rhinitis medicines Please view and print this figure separately: http://www.asthmahandbook.org.au/table/show/44
In this section
Giving preconception advice to women with asthma
Managing asthma during pregnancy
Managing asthma in breastfeeding women