Managing asthma during pregnancy

Women who have asthma can safely bear a baby if they take proper precautions to keep asthma attacks at bay. For this reason, we have presented a management strategy to prevent asthma attacks and ensure the baby’s safety. 

First, we shall talk about the non-pharmacological approach towards the management of asthma in pregnancy. During this crucial period, you have to be a lot more careful to avoid any mishaps.

1. Recognize your symptoms 

Understanding the warning signs of an asthma attack is vital for taking prompt action. Talk to your doctor about emergency home remedies for managing asthma. However, do not hesitate to call your doctor when experiencing wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, etc. 

2. Limit your activity 

A non-pregnant asthmatic woman can carry on their day to day activities, but there are many restrictions during pregnancy. Long commuting, too much physical activity, and other things that exacerbate your asthma need to be discontinued. 

However, this doesn’t entail that you will completely cut down exercise during your pregnancy. So you can continue with the following activities: 

  • Walking- stroll (walk in a leisurely way), never take rapid steps.
  • Continue your pregnancy exercises. Your trainer will design your plan while taking care of your asthma problem.
  • Spend some time on breathing and meditation. This will ensure that your baby is receiving ample oxygen. 

It’s important to note that women who typically have exercise-induced asthma, must be extra careful and consult with their doctor before doing any exercise.

3. Prevent exposure to asthma triggers 

By now, you must be well aware of your asthma triggers. Irrespective of what you are sensitive to, you need to take the following precautions: 

  • It’s advised not to keep pets or birds during this point. Exposure to pet dander, bird feathers, and litters can make your asthma worse.
  • Ensure your house is adequately vacuumed and free from dust, mold, mites, fungus, cobwebs, etc. 
  • Cover your nose and mouth adequately while traveling to avoid inhaling dust and pollutants.
  • Avoid using deodorants, sprays, or smelling chemicals which you are sensitive to.
  • Protect yourself from the cold as much as possible because asthma often results from allergies and flu.

4. Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke 

Smoking during pregnancy is dangerous, irrespective of you having asthma or not because the hazardous chemicals in smoke induce congenital disabilities in your baby. And probably no mother on this Earth would take this risk. It would be best if you also were careful about getting exposed to secondhand smoke. Therefore, avoid hanging out with groups who smoke. 

5. Eating and GERD 

Your doctor will plan a diet for you so that to keep off acidity and acid reflux. Pregnant women should talk with their doctor if they have both asthma and GERD. Doctors prescribe medicines and modify eating habits to control GERD, which is a precautionary measure to curb away asthma attacks. 

6. Use of asthma rescue inhaler and medicines 

Your doctor will let you know when and how to use the asthma rescue inhaler in case of an emergency. Make sure you carry the inhaler with you. Apart from that, your doctor might also prescribe asthma medicines (safe for pregnant women), which you need to consume as directed.