Asthma & Pregnancy Make an Appointment Refer a Patient Ask a Question Reviewed by Kanao Otsu, MD, MPH (November 01, 2019) When you become pregnant, you may notice many physical and emotional changes. Joy and wonder are often mixed with concerns about your health and the health of your unborn child. If you have asthma, you may be concerned about this also If you have asthma, you may be concerned about this also. It is helpful to know that studies show having asthma does not increase your chances of having a baby with birth defects or of having multiple births. Further studies show that asthma can be controlled during pregnancy with little or no risk to you or your baby. Your Health Care Provider Many women with asthma do very well during pregnancy. Your doctor will consider the benefits of medication versus the risks to both you and your unborn baby. Together, you will determine the best ways to manage your asthma. Your doctor will review your asthma history and have you do a breathing test (spirometry). Since uncontrolled asthma can threaten your well-being and that of your baby, you and your doctor share a common goal throughout your pregnancy. The goal is to keep you healthy and breathing normally. Keeping your asthma under control during pregnancy is one of the most important things you can do for your baby’s health. What You Need to Know about Asthma and Pregnancy Good asthma management is always important, but never more so than during your pregnancy. Asthma management includes: Learning more about your asthma and pregnancy Identifying and controlling asthma triggers during pregnancy Medicine therapy during pregnancy Monitoring asthma An action plan. Learn more about Asthma Management During Pregnancy Learn how to help live with asthma every day while you are pregnant. Asthma Triggers During Pregnancy It is important to know what things may make your asthma worse and how to avoid or cope with them. Asthma Medications During Pregnancy It is important to medically control your asthma during pregnancy to assure your baby's oxygen supply and decrease your health risk. Clinical Trials For more than 100 years, National Jewish Health has been committed to finding new treatments and cures for diseases. Search our clinical trials.