Asthma Medications and Pregnancy

The risks of uncontrolled asthma seem to be more harmful than the risks of asthma medications. Controlled asthma is essential for the good health of the mother and the baby. Many anti-asthmatic medications are considered safe for use during pregnancy. Inhaled medications are generally preferred over oral medications because those that are inhaled have a more localized effect in the lungs and are less likely to be passed on to the baby. However, oral medications may be necessary to control the symptoms. Your allergist can work directly with your obstetrician to develop a treatment and asthma control plan.

Reprinted with permission from the National Women's Health Information Center, A Project of the Office on Women's Health in the Department of Health and Human Services

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