Poorly Managed Asthma Linked To Premature Births


Access to prenatal care is vital, particularly for mothers with pre-existing medical conditions. This was underscored earlier this week when a study review concluded that mothers with asthma have an increased risk of pregnancy complications, from lower birth weight to higher rates of pre-eclampsia to higher risks of giving birth prematurely.

The findings came after researchers reviewed 40 different published studies involving over 1 million women from 1975 to 2009.  In the case of pre-eclampsia, the risk was as much as 50% higher in an asthmatic mother.

The study also concluded that when the mother’s asthma is managed properly, the likelihood of these complications can be virtually eliminated, particularly in the case of preterm labor.

The authors were clear: it is extremely important that mothers with asthma seek out and receive regular and ongoing prenatal care.  The complications that arise from poorly managed asthma not only put the mother and baby at risk — they are also expensive for the healthcare system. Certainly, active management during pregnancy would be far less expensive to a public health care system (or to an individual’s hospital bills) than an emergency c-section, or an extended stay for a premature baby in the NICU.

Sadly, there is an increasing trend towards denying mothers prenatal care under certain social circumstances — such as if the mother is an undocumented immigrant, or if their access to prenatal care is at a clinic that had its funding cut because it also provides family planning services. These shortsighted, politically-driven cuts do nothing to further any social causes, and ironically only serve to hurt those the pushers of these laws claim to want to protect the most: the unborn.

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Dee Dee L.
Dee Dee L.4 years ago

I am pregnant with severe seasonal allergies and all I can take is loratadine (generic for claritin)....I have a inhaler but that is for extreme emergencies only. But I still have prenatal care

Carla Manning
Carla Manning4 years ago

Some of the comments on here really piss me off!! I mean how do you think founded this country Bruce? Guess what! It was immigrants. No one is native to this country except Native Americans, and look at how awful they got treated but do you hear the few left in this country complaining, NO. The bottom line is that every single women in this country deserves to recieve proper care, especially when she is pregnant. The unborn child is innocent and in no way should have to come into the world struggling if it can at all be avoided. And by the way I'm in the medical field and all the descent employees in the health field I'm sure would feel the same.

Bruce S.
Bruce S.4 years ago

The writer of the story says:"Sadly, there is an increasing trend towards denying mothers prenatal care under certain social circumstances — such as if the mother is an undocumented immigrant...."

Once again, the use of "undocumented immigrant", instead of the proper term for these people, ILLEGAL ALIEN. We everything going on today where the U.S. can't afford to care for its OWN citizens, why should anyone be concerned with giving ANY benefits to an illegal alien that sneaks into this country for the SOLE PURPOSE of giving birth to an "American Citizen".

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L.4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Marianna B M.


colleen p.
colleen p.4 years ago

you mean it is not because of meat eating?

Terra Crain
Terra Crain4 years ago

Someone please send this article to Republicans who have consistently voted to defund Planned Parenthood!

Parvez Z.
Parvez Zuberi4 years ago

The clinics should take care of pregnant women suffering from asthma and monitor same to avoid complications their should be no cut in Medicare