If you have chronic asthma and are on a treatment regimen that has been working for you, do not stop or change your medication before checking with your
doctor. Don't let the fear of taking medicine set you up for an asthmatic
attack, which may be more harmful to your baby than the rare chance of the
medication harming your baby.
- Albuterol, the mainstay of asthma treatment, is the most common medication
used in pocket inhalers and home nebulizers. Because albuterol can elevate the
heart rate in mother and baby, raise maternal blood pressure, and cause changes
in maternal and fetal blood sugar, it must be used exactly as prescribed by the
physician. Even though albuterol is generally considered safe during pregnancy
and is an example of a medication where the benefits usually outweigh the risks,
it still is in the "yellow light" category, meaning it needs to be used with
- Cromolyn is in the "green- light," safe category as a maintenance medication
for chronic asthma.
- Epinephrine-containing products should be avoided unless recommended by your
doctor; they are usually used only in severe asthmatic attacks.
- Inhaled steroids are considered safe for treating asthma as long as they are
used under a physician's close supervision and in the dosage and frequency
advised by the doctor.