Pulmonologist Questions Asthma

Can I get an asthma attack during my delivery?

I am a 32 year old woman and I have severe asthma. I am currently pregnant and due for my delivery in 3 months. Is it likely for me to get an asthma attack during my delivery? If that does happen will it cause any concern for my child?

1 Answer

The better your asthma is controlled now and into the future, the better your chances of a normal delivery. Lack of control means problems for both you and your baby. Control means no problems including cough, wheeze and shortness of breath without using Albuterol or rescue medications. Controller medications are necessary to control your asthma. This should be your regular medications on a daily basis. when one is pregnant, one should not skip this.

Barbara A. Stewart, MD, FCCP, FAAP