A new Practice Bulletin from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says women with asthma should continue to use their asthma medications during pregnancy – work with your physician on the lowest dose needed – and physicians should monitor the women and fetuses closely throughout pregnancy (Obstetrics & Gynecology, February 2008). A report in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (June 2008) says women who had an asthma flare-up during the first 3 months of pregnancy were 48 percent more likely to have a baby with at least one congenital defect. The rate of birth defects was 12.8 percent among women who experienced an asthma flare during the first trimester versus 8.9 percent for mothers with better-controlled asthma.
First published: Allergy & Asthma Today, Summer 2008
Reviewed: March 2009, Laurie Ross