Any other pregnant asthmatics out there?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1817 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have asthma and allergies and yea it seems to have gotten worse lately. Not sure if that is pregnancy related or the fact that the season is changing and fall and spring are the worst seasons for me. As far as dealing with it…I just am. I’m not taking my albuterol at all though,

Post # 4
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

I have minor asthma and exercise-induced bronchospasm. I definitely feel more phlegmy in the morning and my lungs seem a lot more sensitive. Since I’m not pushing myself as much cardiovascularly, it’s been fine. I’m avoiding albuterol completely as my risk of needing it is low and I can tolerate the discomfort.

Post # 5
1506 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@cherrypie:  I’m asthmatic… but not pregnant. I am severly asthmatic (its uncontrolled, even with preventatives, etc) and I have to use my inhaler on a daily basis. If I didn’t absolutely HAAAAVE to, I wouldn’t, but most times its imperative or else I’m going to pass out. I even have to use my nebulizer a few times a week. 

I am SO scared to get pregnant because of the severity of my asthma. I’ve heard too much albuterol is bad for the baby (and for me…)

Good luck speaking to your doctor about alternatives!

Post # 6
567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve got asthma, and I’ve noticed it’s gotten much worse since I’ve been preggers. I talked to my doctor, and she said to keep taking my symbicourt regularly (I usually only use it once every two days) and I should be fine. It stinks though.

Post # 8
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Just wondering what your dr. ended up recommending for you.  My asthma is definitely worse, and I have a cold on top of it.  I have been using my inhaler and now I’m worried after reading your post. 

Post # 9
377 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I just wanted to post my experience since i have been through a full pregnancy with asthma and am pregnant again. 


I was 19 when i got pregnant with my son and since age 14 my asthma had been so bad, really unstable to the point where i was in hospital a few times a year. They think that my hormones play a factor as my asthma began to get worse when i started my periods and every time of the month i would have an attack. When i got pregnant my asthma got so bad that i was kept in hospital for a week at one time. BUT all medications for asthmatics are completely safe in pregnancy (thats what i was told), I had to have steroids and antibiotics a lot too but these just helped the baby i was told. I had a specialist astma nurse who saw me once a month and she was there during my labour with a nebuliser just in case. If you are properly looked after then the pregnancy will be fine and so will baby, dont stop taking your meds!!

Post # 10
419 posts
Helper bee

@fresitachulita:  I’ve never had asthma BUT this pregnancy early on I was really breathless if I did anything physical. I had really low Iron and low red blood cell count. I read that the increase of blood volumn can dilute your red blood cells that carry oxygen. I started eating a good amount of red meat (I never did before) and taking a vitamin with some iron in it. It took awhile but it worked out (or I just made more red blood cells and ate all that meat for nothing, IDK) So just throwing out that as another issue you could look at when you get your bloodwork back. I wish you the best. Good luck all you ladies! 

Post # 11
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I was just thinking about posting this! I am 11 weeks and 2 days and for the first bit my asthma was AWEFUL! It has gotten better. I take Advair as a preventative and I think because it has the long acting bronchodilator AND the steriod it has finally helped and I’m not taking my rescue inhaler all that much anymore. I am super worried about when I’m bigger though and the baby is smooshing all my innerds! My lungs are going to feel terrible!

Post # 13
1674 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@fresitachulita:  You’re using your albuterol waaaay too much. I’m not telling you to use it less, but you most definitely need to be on something like Advair daily to get your symptoms under control. I was a serial albuterol puffer for years until I started using Advair everyday. Totally changed my life. I used to panic if I realized I left the house without the albuterol… totally don’t even think about it anymore. I also have tried Advair and gave up in the past… but it takes a few days-weeks to really see the full effect. And you absolutely have to take it everyday.


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