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April 24th, 2013, 07:53 AM
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Can pregnancy cause asthma? I feel like I have read somewhere before that the hormone variations from pregnancy can cause asthma in an otherwise healthy adult.

Just asking, because for the past week, I feel like I am having to breathe REALLY heavy sometimes to feel like I'm getting a good breath. Like I have to take super huge breaths because I feel like I'm not getting enough oxygen. I have never had this before. It was mostly happening in the evenings, but now I am noticing it throughout the day.

I have an appointment on the 2nd, so I think I will bring it up then. It's not so bad that I am fighting for air or anything, it's just annoying and a bit uncomfortable.

Anybody else have this problem or have experienced it in the past?
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April 24th, 2013, 08:08 AM
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I have very mild asthma, but it is usually really noticable during pregnancy. My doctor says some ladies get worstening asthma, some get better. Mine gets worse because of Tylenol. I use it to sleep.
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April 24th, 2013, 08:25 AM
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I have asthma already but a lot of times lately I feel like there is an elephant on my chest! This pregnancy it seems to be more aggravated than with DD. I would definitely ask your doctor. Mine always tells me it is very important to breathe and not to hesitate to use my ventolin if I am feeling tight chested. Maybe he/she will prescribe you an inhaler to help relieve that feeling. Normally I can get relief with one puff instead of the prescribed two puffs. It really helps and causes no harm to baby! I have heard it is common to develop mild asthma while preggers. Hope you get some relief!
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April 24th, 2013, 08:36 AM
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I have bad asthma, and pregnancy doesn't seem to affect it much, but I am on a lot of asthma meds for it. Otherwise I would be in a lot of trouble breathing wise.

I know others who have had asthma exacerbated while pregnant, so it makes sense to have issues pop up when otherwise you didn't have any symptoms.

I would ask your doc. They can prescribe you something mild.
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April 24th, 2013, 09:10 AM
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From what I've read most woman with asthma dont notice a difference with pregnancy, but some do get worse. I already have severe asthma and it is worse with pregnancy. Pregnancy causes more blood flow and can increase stiffly noses and colds, this could also aggravate asthma (depends what your asthma triggers are). On my bad asthma days I try to be careful to not do a lot, the more I do the more trouble I have breathing. I take daily allergy meds and inhaled steroids and if I stop taking for even a day or two its worse. Good to talk to your doctor about this.
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April 24th, 2013, 09:21 AM
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That sounds terrible, hope you get some relief soon!
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April 27th, 2013, 05:42 AM
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I have never heard of that. BUT I have asthma and allergies and for some reason when I'm pregnant they don't bother me? So maybe the hormones have the opposite effect for me?
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April 27th, 2013, 07:21 AM
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I am typically short of breath during pregnancy. It's not asthma though, it's caused by the pregnancy. With my first pregnancy I was even worse b/c I was anemic. I'm sure everything is fine but make sure you keep an eye for something more serious such as a blood clot. This link might help: http //www.babycenter.com/0_shortness-of-breath-during-pregnancy_219.bc
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