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Having a healthy pregnancy, free of asthma and allergies

Employing a few simple household  measures like installing an air purifier can help you avoid complications due to allergies and asthma

Dealing with the physical and hormonal changes accompanying pregnancy can be stressful enough but it becomes worse when you also have to worry about the effects of asthma and allergies. Approximately 7 percent of expectant mothers have asthma, which can impact their pregnancies in a number ways unless it's controlled properly.

Asthmatic symptoms like shortness of breath, wheezing and tightness of the chest can worsen during pregnancy and may be triggered by common allergens like dust, mold or pollen. Asthma can also cause preeclampsia, a disorder that occurs when high blood pressure is accompanied by fluid retention. This condition can lead to seizures that would be harmful to the mother and baby. There are steps you can take to avoid this and have a healthy pregnancy and delivery, despite the effects of asthma and allergies.

Steering clear of known allergens that can trigger reactions and worsen asthma symptoms is the primary method of keeping allergies from affecting your pregnancy. Sealing pillows and mattresses in dust-mite proof covers, using filtered vacuums or vacuum bags when cleaning and staying inside when pollen activity is highest are easy measures that can be taken. Installing a whole house air purifier to filter allergens from your home is another suggested step.

Allergy shots or immunotherapy can be continued with careful monitoring if they began pre-preg‚Äčnancy. Generally, inhaled medications for asthmatic symptoms are safer since their effect is more local.  If symptoms continue, you should work closely with your doctor to determine if there are other medications or treatments that would be safe for you to use during your pregnancy.

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