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If you have asthma, can breathing be harder when your pregnant?

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Dr. Duane Gels
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: True

Pregnancy brings on many changes that affect breathing: the extra weight and a big uterus pushing up against the diaphragm, are two factors normal for all moms.
However, maternal asthma during pregnancy is less predictable; equally 1/3 get worse, better, or, sure enough, stay the same. Thankfully, asthma almost always eases up around the time of delivery (perhaps due to excess hormones).

In brief: True

Pregnancy brings on many changes that affect breathing: the extra weight and a big uterus pushing up against the diaphragm, are two factors normal for all moms.
However, maternal asthma during pregnancy is less predictable; equally 1/3 get worse, better, or, sure enough, stay the same. Thankfully, asthma almost always eases up around the time of delivery (perhaps due to excess hormones).
Dr. Duane Gels
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Dr. John Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Possible

In general, asthma may be somewhat worse during pregnancy but the course varies from person to person and even from pregnancy to pregnancy.
Some gets better, some worse , and some no change in their asthma. Regardless, you will need monitoring on your asthma during pregnancy since uncontrolled asthma is not good for the fetus (baby).

In brief: Possible

In general, asthma may be somewhat worse during pregnancy but the course varies from person to person and even from pregnancy to pregnancy.
Some gets better, some worse , and some no change in their asthma. Regardless, you will need monitoring on your asthma during pregnancy since uncontrolled asthma is not good for the fetus (baby).
Dr. John Chiu
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