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Pregnancy: Comorbid and Coexisting 

Pregnancy: Comorbid and Coexisting
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Pregnancy: Comorbid and Coexisting
Author(s):

Jennifer A. Namazy

, Michael Schatz

, and Sandra Gonzalez-Diaz

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199918065.003.0027
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date: 09 May 2021

Asthma is the most common chronic medical condition to affect pregnancy. Asthma may adversely affect maternal quality of life and perinatal outcomes, as well as the course of asthma. Management of asthma during pregnancy should optimize the health of both the mother and her baby. Adherence to treatment, specifically inhaled corticosteroids, has been a problem for many pregnant asthmatic women and is usually due to concerns regarding the safety of these medications during pregnancy. Symptoms and pulmonary function need to be monitored on a monthly basis in pregnant asthmatic women so that any change in course can be matched with an appropriate change in therapy. Education is an important part of managing the pregnant asthmatic patient and includes explaining the relationship between asthma and pregnancy, identifying asthma triggers, providing training on correct use of inhalers, and establishing an asthma action plan. One of the most important needs for the future is the availability of further safety information for asthma medications used during pregnancy that can also account for asthma control.

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