* While pregnant, women with severe asthma are more likely to see their asthma worsen, whereas women with mild asthma are more likely to see improvement or no change
* Asthma is most likely to worsen during weeks 24 to 36. About 10 percent of women with asthma have symptoms during labor and delivery.
* If asthma symptoms change during pregnancy, they usually return to pre-pregnancy status within three months of delivery.
* Inhaled medicines are generally preferred because they have a more targeted effect, with only small amounts entering the bloodstream.
* When appropriate, time-tested medicines are preferred, because there is more experience with their use during pregnancy.
* It is best to limit medicines as much as possible in the first trimester, when the baby is first developing. But birth defects from medications are rare; no more than one percent of all birth defects are caused by medicines.
* In general, the same medicines used during pregnancy are appropriate during labor and delivery and when nursing.
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