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    Default Advice from other moderate to severe asthma sufferers?

    Hi everyone,
    This is my first pregnancy, I am 7 weeks

    I would say that before becoming pregnant, I had mild to moderate asthma, depending on my compliance with preventers and seasonal changes.
    Since becoming pregnant, I would definitely say I am moderate and am worrying that I could later become severe.

    I am taking my Ventolin (salbutamol, albuterol etc) anywhere from 3 - 6 times PER DAY. I know this is too much, and have read every article under the sun about the safety of ventolin during pregnancy, but I would LOVE if somebody could tell me that they used their ventolin a lot during pregnancy (particularly during the first trimester) and everything turned out fine. I just cant stop worrying that it is doing harm

    I am not having severe attacks, I am just often getting wheezy.
    I have just started taking Symbicort (preventor).

    Hope somebody can put my mind at ease

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    Hey there! I was the same, as I usually took Seritide as a preventer it isn't approved for pregnancy so had to stop. From around 7 weeks to 25 weeks I was needing my ventolin around 5 times + a day. After 25 weeks it settled and I usually only needed it once at night or when excercising or if I laughed heaps lol I'm now pregnant with my second and it has been EXACTLY the same. I'm now 36 weeks and am using it once a day. I do suggest seeing your doc though I did and they prescribed another preventer but it still wasn't as safe as just using a ventolin so thats why I would rather take it heaps then a preventer that could cause a birth defect. As I said though its always good to have doctor check you out because you don't want to risk having an attack.

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    I was told it was safer for me to be taking my puffers then to not.

    I'd see your GP and see of you can get a new asthma plan done for your pregnancy.

    Good luck.

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    I am 22 weeks preg. Prior to falling preg i rarely took my preventor but after a number of very regular attacks have found that as long as i take my preventor morning and night and dont miss it i am ok. I see a maternity asthma nurse at the hospital every 6 weeks and she said its more damaging not to take the preventors and risk the baby not getting enough oxygen!

    Definately speak with your midwife or obs about managing your asthma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterlily View Post
    I was told it was safer for me to be taking my puffers then to not.

    I'd see your GP and see of you can get a new asthma plan done for your pregnancy.

    Good luck.
    That's what I was told when I asked my GP with similar concerns.

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    You can contact Asthma Australia for information and advice on 1800ASTHMA (1800278462) you can also register online to have a free Control pack sent to you that has heaps of information to help you better manage asthma symptoms and includes an emergency fridge magnet.
    http://asthmaaustralia.org.au/assist/

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    My preventer was switched to Pulmacort from Seritide, and still use a little ventolin. I spoke to my OB about it. Good luck.


 

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