The online edition of The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist (TOG) recently published findings that women with asthma need to be closely monitored throughout pregnancy, irrespective of disease severity.

“Asthma is a widespread condition, and poor management during pregnancy can lead to adverse maternal and fetal outcomes,” said co-author Christopher Brightling, MD, PhD, professor of Respiratory Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician, University Hospitals of Leicester. “Good asthma management to maintain tight control is vital, and standard therapy may be safely used during pregnancy to achieve this, along with close surveillance from midwives, obstetricians and a respiratory physician.”

According to TOG, investigators concluded that it is still safer for women to use asthma therapy in pregnancy to avoid uncontrolled asthma. They added that there was no increased risk of asthma exacerbations during the postpartum period, and that most women’s asthma returned to their pre-pregnancy levels.