Asthma and Pregnancy
Asthma is the most common of the chronic disease that can cause complications in pregnancies.
About 1% of pregnant women have asthma. Even if your asthma is well-controlled prior to getting pregnant, it does not mean it will stay that way during pregnancy. In about 1/3 of women, asthma can worsen during pregnancy, mainly during the first and last trimester. One-third of pregnant women will experience no change in asthma while a third may even see their asthma improve.
Asthma is a lung disease that causes the airways to narrow, making it hard to breathe. Asthma is a chronic condition. Once you are diagnosed with it, you will have it for the rest of your life. The good news is that asthma can usually be kept under control.
One in 12 adults in America have asthma. Women (9.8%) are more likely to have asthma than men (6.1%). Women have smaller lungs, airways, breathing muscles and rib cage and all these affect air flow, lung volume and amount of effort required to breathe. In addition, the fluctuations in women’s hormones is thought to affect asthma.