What is it?

If you have asthma and are pregnant, your asthma control can change. Some women have an increase in symptoms. Keeping good asthma control is vital. Poorly-controlled asthma during pregnancy could increase the chance of problems.

Regular asthma check-ups, following your GP’s advice, and being prepared in the event of a flare-up will help you to stay well during your pregnancy.


What will my GP do now?

Your GP will talk to you about how to control your asthma. You will learn how your asthma control may change while you are pregnant.

Many asthma medications are safe for pregnant women, and your GP will give you information about this, too.

Your GP will also:

  • Check you are on the most suitable medication
  • Talk to you about vaccinations
  • Give you a written asthma action plan
  • Help you to quit smoking if necessary
  • Explain what you need to do if your asthma gets worse


What will my GP do in the future?

Your GP will continue to see you for regular asthma check-ups, every 4-6 weeks.

If your asthma is poorly controlled, your GP may refer you to a specialist. If you have any questions about your asthma at any time, you can always see your GP between check-ups.


What can I do?

Continue to take your asthma medications, and tell your GP about any changes in your symptoms. Remember to see your GP every 4-6 weeks for asthma check-ups.

There are many steps you can take to help control your asthma. Avoid any allergens and remove any irritants such as air fresheners and cleaning products. Be aware of the external factors that can make your asthma worse. Stay away from smokers, and avoid homes that are cold and damp. If you have allergies, avoid your allergens.

If you smoke, now is the time to quit. Being a non-smoker supports a healthy pregnancy and baby. Start now by phoning the Quitline on 13 78 48.

Take care of your overall health and wellbeing by eating a healthy diet, getting enough light exercise, drinking plenty of water, and sleeping for eight hours every night.