This is the second in our series on Pregnancy & Asthma. Getting pregnant when you have any chronic illness, including asthma, can be worrisome. As a new mom, you want to be sure your baby will be born healthy. And there's no reason why that can't happen, even if you do have asthma!
How Asthma Can Affect Your Baby Before Birth
As long as you can keep your asthma under control, your baby should not have any negative effects. So staying in control is good for both you and baby.
However, if your asthma control is up and down or slips altogether, your blood won't have the right levels of oxygen in it, and that means your baby may not get enough oxygen either. Lack of oxygen can affect fetal growth and development, because fetuses need a consistent supply of oxygen and nutrients in order to grow and develop.
This is not to say the occasional asthma attack is going to have a negative effect on your baby, or that if control slips every now and then, bad things will ha...
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