Respiratory Disorders

Expert reports about Respiratory Disorders


INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE ASTHMA DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease that effects the lungs in pregnant women the same way it does in non-pregnant women. The airways in the lungs become inflamed, narrow and swollen, and produce extra mucous, making it difficult to breathe.

 

The airways in the lungs are a network of tubes that move air in and out of the lungs. When a person is exposed to an asthma trigger like cold air, tobacco smoke, or allergens, the muscles around the airways tighten and narrow the airways. Swelling of the airways and increased mucous make airways even narrower. All of these events lead to the symptoms of asthma.


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