Posted 3/13/2013 4:15 PM (GMT -6)
I went to the allergist today, saw a booklet and thought of you so I picked it up. "Breathing for two" A guide to asthma during pregnancy from the Allergy and Asthma network - mothers of asthmatics.
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"...(FDA)classifies medications for use during pregnancy in categories A-D and X. Most asthma medications fall into category C and can be used during pregnancy when the benefits outweigh the potential risks.
Inhaled budesonide is the only inhaled corticosteroid to receive category B status, meaning "there is no evidence of harm to the fetus." and paraphrased -'many meds can be used during pregnancy under physician supervision...'
I assume you are both carefully maintaining your wife's super healthy diet rich in natural vitamins and minerals, especially getting lots of folate, calcium, and protein. There's a great book in the "What to Expect when you're Expecting" series "What to eat when you're Expecting". It's actually terrifying (not really) because it sounds next to impossible to achieve. But, if you don't try to follow every single idea as law, it's really quite good. I admit, I had pizza more than one time a month. I also am not sure I could have eaten every single mg of nutrition they recommend, but my son was 8lbs, 9oz.
If you try to limit all the other risks, you've given your baby a good foundation. Don't forget that stress itself is tough on Mom, Dad, and Baby-to-be too. Try not to laugh in disbelief - yeah right, lady, like it's easy? but try really hard to relax often and let the stress flow away. I'm not just spouting bubbles of hot air - I learned I had cervical cancer when I was pregnant and didn't know I'd get to keep my son til he was 7 months along. Then, I didn't know if I would be there to raise him til 3 mo after delivery, after surgery was successful. I decided to deliberately put away the fear as much as I could so both of us could be as happy as possible. My eyes were not closed, I just addressed that which I could change, and let that which I could not take a back seat.
I just found this in the booklet too - a recommendation to use nasal irrigation with saline,
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The best of luck to you three.