Asthma, preterm birth and preeclampsia

    The women with poorly managed asthma are at an increased risk of having a low-birth weight baby, a premature baby and other pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia.

   The woman with asthama must bebe more closely monitored during pregnancy.

    It would be advisable for women on regular medications for asthma or having frequent symptoms to be monitored at least monthly during the course of their pregnancies.

    One study found that the infants of women with asthma were likely to weigh an average of 100gr. less at birth compared to babies of mothers without asthma. Mothers with poorly controlled asthma were also at a 25% increased risk of preterm birth and 50% increased risk of developing preeclampsia, a condition in which high blood pressure develops during pregnancy.