Uncontrolled asthma attacks during pregnancy increase health risks for mothers and babies

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Valley News - Health
Women with asthma who suffer severe symptoms while they are pregnant face higher risks of health problems both for themselves and their babies compared to women with well-controlled asthma, according to research published in the European Respiratory Journal. The study, which included data on more than 100,000 pregnancies, showed that women with asthma who experienced severe symptoms were more likely to suffer with high blood pressure and preeclampsia. It also showed that babies born to women who suffered asthma attacks were at greater risk of having a low birth weight or being born prematurely or with a congenital abnormality, such as a heart defect or cleft lip. The child’s risk of having asthma and pneumonia was also higher in the first five years of life. The researchers sai
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