24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (877)SAFEGBC or (877)723-3422 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues

6502 Nursery Drive, Suite 100
Victoria, TX 77904
(361)575-0611
(800)421-8825
Fax: (361)578-5500

Medical Disorders
Resources
Basic InformationLookupsLatest News
Don't Want a 2nd Heart Attack? Lose the Belly FatHow to Keep Those Blood Vessels PumpingScreening for Chinese Coronavirus to Start at 3 Major Airports: CDCDo You Take Warfarin? Time of Day Might Not MatterHealth Tip: Signs of Food PoisoningSepsis Causes Far More Deaths Worldwide Than ThoughtMillennials Most Likely to Skip Flu Shot, Believe 'Anti-Vaxxer' Claims: PollResearchers Alter Mosquitoes to Resist Dengue InfectionMany Americans Are Inactive, With Southerners Faring WorseVirtual Reality Can Bring Real-Life PainAre Doctors Discarding 'Injured' Kidneys That Might Be Used for Transplant?Nerve Stimulation Therapy Could Cut Fibromyalgia PainWhich Obesity Surgery Is Right for You?Brake Dust Another Driver of Air PollutionWhat Works Best to Help Men With Overactive Bladder?More Studies Link Vaping to Asthma, COPDCertain Diabetes Meds May Lower Gout Risk, TooHeart Transplants From Donors With Hepatitis C May Be Safe: StudyClimate Change May Translate Into More Fatal InjuriesAll in the Timing: Many Get Knee Replacement Too Late or Too SoonHealth Tip: Preparing for an UltrasoundLow Levels of Key Blood Cells Could Signal Higher Death RiskGyms Are Fertile Ground for GermsTwo More Heartburn Meds Recalled Due to Possible CarcinogenZika Damage Showing Up in Babies Deemed 'Normal' at BirthHealth Tip: Coping With Winter NosebleedsHeart Disease May Up Risk of Kidney FailureFlu Cases Surge Early, Could a Tough Season Lie Ahead?Cluster of Unhealthy Risk Factors Could Raise Odds of Recurrent Blood ClotsAHA News: Worried About Dementia? Check This Blood Pressure NumberNew Study Reports Alarming Surge in E-Scooter AccidentsSo Long, 98.6: Average Human Body Temperature Is DroppingWhat Matters More for Obesity Risk, Genes or Lifestyle?Health Tip: Protect Yourself From Household ChemicalsOzone, Wood Smoke Raise Odds of COPD in Smokers and NonsmokersSmog May Be Bad for Your BonesEver Get a Rash from Your Skin Cream or Makeup? Here's WhyHealth Tip: 5 Eye Myths DebunkedHealth Tip: Allergic Reaction First AidTB Vaccine More Powerful When Given IntravenouslyGene Therapy May Be Long-Term Cure for Type of HemophiliaClots in Space: Astronaut's Blocked Vein Brings Medical InsightHealth Tip: Help Your Child Safely Lose WeightPatients Often Bring Undetected 'Superbug' to the Hospital: StudyExperimental Drug Could Be New Option Against ArthritisBanned for Decades, DDT and Dioxins Are Still Harming U.S. BabiesHealth Tip: When Bruising is a Red FlagAmericans Need to Tackle Youth Obesity: U.S. Task ForceFestive Foods Can Leave Those on Restricted Diets Out in the ColdHow You Can Be Overfat Without Being Overweight
Questions and AnswersLinks
Related Topics

Diabetes

Uncontrolled Asthma a Danger to Pregnant Women, Babies

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Dec 3rd 2019

new article illustration

TUESDAY, Dec. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Poorly controlled asthma during pregnancy puts mothers and their babies at increased risk for serious complications, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed more than 100,000 pregnancies in more than 58,000 women with asthma in Canada.

Compared to those whose asthma was well-controlled, women who had severe asthma symptoms during pregnancy were 17% more likely to have high blood pressure and about 30% more likely to develop a serious condition called preeclampsia.

Babies born to women who had asthma attacks during pregnancy were 14% more likely to have a low birth weight; 14% more likely to be premature; and 21% more likely to have a abnormality such as a heart defect or cleft lip.

Children born to mothers who had severe asthma symptoms during pregnancy had 23% higher odds of asthma and a 12% higher odds of pneumonia by age 5, according to the study published recently in the European Respiratory Journal.

The findings are important because up to 40% of women with asthma cut back or stop taking asthma medication during pregnancy because they're afraid it will harm the unborn baby, according to the researchers.

"Asthma is the most common chronic disease in pregnant women, affecting 8-13% of pregnant women worldwide," said study leader Kawsari Abdullah, a research fellow at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa.

She was at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto when the study was conducted.

"Previous research has shown that one out of every three pregnant women with asthma will suffer severe symptoms, so we need to understand what this means for women and their babies," Abdullah said in a journal news release.

Researcher Teresa To, a senior scientist at SickKids, said the study is the biggest to examine risks associated with several asthma symptoms in pregnancy.

"It's also the first to show the longer-term impacts on children up to the age of 5 years. Our results reinforce the findings of smaller studies that uncontrolled asthma can be bad for mothers and their babies," she said.

To said the findings suggest that severe asthma symptoms pose a bigger risk to mother and fetus than asthma medication itself.

"This study does not explain why asthma attacks contribute to all these health issues, but the likely mechanism is reduced oxygen supply for the mother and subsequently to the baby in the womb," To said.

More information

The March of Dimes has more about asthma and pregnancy.