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Study: Effects of poor asthma control in pregnancy

Poor asthma control during pregnancy can have adverse effects on both mother and child, a new review claims. 

According to the report, published in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist (TOG), control of severe asthma is likely to deteriorate during pregnancy in 60% of cases. 

Although control for women with mild asthma only deteriorates in 10% of cases, the authors believe asthsma should be closely review throughout pregnancy. 

Current national guidelines state the management and treatment for asthma in pregnancy should be the same as for non-pregnant women and men. 

However, poor asthma control can lead to hypertension in pregnancy and a higher frequency of caesarean section and low birth weight, the authors suggest. 

Co-author Professor Chris Brightling, Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician at University Hospitals of Leicester said:"Asthma is a widespread condition and poor management during pregnancy can lead to adverse maternal and foetal outcomes.

"Good asthma management to maintain tight control is vital and standard therapy may be safely used in pregnancy to achieve this along with close surveillance from midwives, obstetricians and for women with severe asthma a respiratory physician."