So, I am 19 years old and have brittle asthma, and I am on daily steroids & Xolair injections (375mg every two weeks) to control my asthma (as well as your normal Ventolin, Symbicort, blah blah blah) and I have recently found out I am pregnant. (Yes I am young, please do not judge me for this.)
I've been in a dilemma of whether to keep the baby or not. My boyfriend would really like me to keep it, but he said all in all, it is my choice on what to do.
Obviously the main concern is my health. Before I started Xolair I was having attacks 2-3 times a week and being admitted into hospital. Since Xolair I have had no attacks, but my specialist thinks that if I was to become pregnant I shouldn't continue my injections as there hasn't been enough research been put into Xolair whilst pregnant... but again it's down to my choice.. (I haven't seen my specialist yet, but I get to see him on Friday). But then again, I asked my boyfriend ""If I were to keep it"" would he rather I stayed on the injections and risk the chances of the baby being harmed, or to come off to make sure everything is safe, yet risk my health. Both him and I agreed I'd rather risk my health than the baby risk it's health for myself... but I just don't know what to do.
Has anybody had experience in being pregnant and coming off of Xolair? -Also, what's not beneficial is the fact I am unable to work due to my health, so I'm on ESA (sick pay pretty much, but I have been on this for two years) but obviously this changes when you're pregnant, but afterwards if I am still unable to work, and I move in with my boyfriend I get taken off of my ESA because he works over 24 hours a week. Is there anything else I could do so I would be more financially stable without risking my health?
Anyway, I just want people to tell me what they would do in my situation, and what there experiences are in this sort of situation. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.