Asthma Management Handbook

Asthma in pregnant women

Overview

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 Opens in a new window Please view and print this figure separately: https://www.asthmahandbook.org.au/table/show/44

Table. Local pregnancy and breastfeeding safety information services Opens in a new window Please view and print this figure separately: https://www.asthmahandbook.org.au/table/show/71

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