Asthma and allergies

Asthma

It is important to keep asthma under control, and prescribed treatments are usually continued throughout pregnancy. Uncontrolled asthma increases the risk of various pregnancy complications, including premature birth and low birthweight.
  • Commonly used asthma medications have not been found to increase the risk of foetal abnormalities.
  • Cortisones can be administered orally, if necessary.
  • Talk to your doctor about the safety and dosage of your asthma medication when you are planning pregnancy, or as soon as you find out you are pregnant.
 
The basic principles regarding the use of medications during pregnancy also apply to breastfeeding.
 

Allergies and atopy

During pregnancy, it is advisable to use topical medications to treat allergies.
  • Products containing cromoglicate are considered safe to use during pregnancy.
  • Beclometasone and budesonide are corticosteroids for which there is extensive experience.  Nasal sprays containing fluticasone, mometasone or triamcinolone are also considered safe.
 
Non-sedating antihistamines are considered safe to use during pregnancy:
  • Loratadine and cetirizine are the preferred antihistamines - their safety during pregnancy has been established.
  • Antihistamines containing desloratadine or levocetirizine can also be used safely.
  • Avoid products containing pseudoephedrine during pregnancy.
  • Cortisone creams can be safely applied according to their instructions.

 

The basic principles regarding the use of medications during pregnancy also apply to breastfeeding.