Asthma and Pregnancy.Asthma, a chronic disease, affects seven out of every 100 pregnant moms. A study from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology states that during pregnancy, the effects of asthma are broken down evenly. That is, one-third of women see no changes, one-third see a decrease in symptoms, and one-third see an increase in asthma attacks. Most women, however, do not have an attack during labor. The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology prepared a brochure entitled Advice from Your Allergist al·ler·gist
A physician specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies.
allergist Immunology A physician, who is often trained in both internal medicine and clinical immunology and who manages Pts with ... Managing Asthma and Allergies During Pregnancy, which is available by calling 1-800-842-7777.
Other studies regarding asthma and pregnancy include a Canadian study that found that women on corticosteroids Corticosteroids Definition
Corticosteroids are group of natural and synthetic analogues of the hormones secreted by the hypothalamic-anterior pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis, more commonly referred to as the pituitary gland. for asthma seemed to develop PIH PIH
prolactin-inhibitory hormone. (pregnancy-induced hypertension). Additionally, asthmatics were more likely to hemorrhage than non-asthmatics.
A smaller study, reported in The British Medical Journal The British Medical Journal, or BMJ, is one of the most popular and widely-read peer-reviewed general medical journals in the world. It is published by the BMJ Publishing Group Ltd (owned by the British Medical Association), whose other , stated that asthmatic pregnant women were more likely to suffer severe symptoms if the baby was a female. Researchers hypothesize hy·poth·e·size
v. hy·poth·e·sized, hy·poth·e·siz·ing, hy·poth·e·siz·es
To assert as a hypothesis.
To form a hypothesis. that hormones were responsible.
--Childbirth Instructor, January/February 1999