Asthma developed after pregnancy, anyone else?

Hello,

I wanted to share my story:

I never had asthma in my life before, but do have hayfever in the springtime. But these are mild and I usually manage it very well without antihistamine. When my husband and I decided to start a family, i coud not image I would go through hell. 1 day after my sons delivery I felt wheezy for the first time in my life and it got worse. My first doctor said, it was only a bronchtis and it would go away. But it didn't. My second doc than diagnosed asthma, but he does not believe me, that I have never asthma before and no one in my familiy has this too. After many visits to doctors and trying different inhalers, it does not improve my breathing. Now, 8 month after this, I still struggle nearly everyday mostly in the evening. But I gave up the steroid inhaler, since it does not improve my breathing. My lung doc finally says my hormone are still unbalanced, it needs time to settle. Now I am trying to wean off my baby, in hope it would get better.

My gynecolist says it hasnt do anything with my pregnancy, since he has never heard about it.

I searched google and do find some answer, that asthma can improve or worsen during pregnancy, but how about developed? And will it be better in time or do i have to live with it. I am very depressed, I had a active life, now I am always afraid, that I would get an attack, and the triggers seems unclear. Taking 1 antihistamine seems to work a bit, but it has not to do with the pollen.

Also since birth I got hives all over my body, but with 1 antihistamine a day, I have it under control.

Any storys of yours or advices are appreciated, sorry for my english (not native speaker)

#asthma postpartum #pregnancy

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  • Hi Luinille

    Sorry to hear you have been diagnosed with asthma and that you are struggling. Some women are affected during or shortly after pregnancy but is not known exactly why these hormonal changes affect asthma symptoms. There's some more information on our website: bit.ly/2swvzru

    It sounds like you need some support so you could chat to one of our nurses or your GP. Please feel free to give our nurses team a ring on 0300 222 5800 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) and they can talk you through your medications and how you're feeling.

    Take care, Dita

  • I have viretually identical experience to you although it developed about 3 months after giving birth to my son but was still feeding him. I am convinced it is something to do with carrying a boy as was fine after my daughter.

    I now have quite bad asthma, allergies to foods that I could always eat previously and skin reactions to random things.

    The only thing that keeps my stable is a strong anti histamine every day, montelucast and combination inhalers.

    No one believes me it was linked to pregnancy but it is the only trigger I could think of. Prior to that I had mild hay fever treatable with over the counter drugs.

    I quite glad someone else is saying the same things as everyone to date looks at me like I am mad!

    E

  • Hello Ericabellhouse,

    Thank you for sharing your story. I wanted to ask how long was your sons birth and did you tried to take the contraceptive pill after that? I have read it could improve somehow the asthma. I am still breastfeeding, but soon i weaned, i wanted to try some therapy. My mother bought some chinese medicines and me and my husband is considering a second, if there is a chance to improve my asthma. But i am very scared that i could inherit my illness to my children. My son is very healthy, but only 8 month old. I really hope he won't get this...

  • Developing asthma during pregnancy is definitely a 'thing'. My mother developed asthma whilst carrying me and that was easy back in 1954! She had it from then until the day she died in 1998 agreed 72. During that time I think that she must have had every asthma drug known as they were discovered and introduced. I well remember the old rubber bulb and glass tube inhaler before the aerosol inhalers that we all know were introduced in the mid 60s. At one time during the 60s she was receiving cortisone injections every other day administered by the district nurse. She was hospitalised at least once a year from about 1965 until about 1975 when, presumably, the menopause kicked in. Things did ease then but when she died she did have oxygen at home for occasional use and a nebulizer when things got a bit more serious. Despite all this she led a fairly full life and definitely a happy one.

    As she developed asthma during pregnancy over half a century ago (and pregnancy was recognised by all as being the cause) then I'm very surprised that your doctors don't recognise the possibility today.

    I was diagnosed with late onset asthma at the age of 50 but was told that my mother's condition had nothing to do with it and it was just coincidental.

  • Hello Taztarr,

    Thank you for your answer and sorry for your mother.

    I have read that also the chance of devoloping asthma in the menopause is increases because of the hormone change. I hope you have it controllable.

    I wanted to ask, dis your mother has another pregnancy after this, and if yes, does it change it somehow? You said, it was getting better, when she was in the menopause, but was her asthma always the same after years?

    Sorry for the many questions, take care.

    L

  • Hello Luinille,

    I am the youngest of two. My brother is 5 years older than I am. Mother had no asthma while carrying him and had no chest or breathing problems until I came along.

    She was what was called a chronic asthmatic from the age of 28 although things did ease from her 50s.

    I grew up knowing her with it so I do tend to take asthma very much in my stride. Which helps a great deal now that I have developed it myself. People around me seem to be more worried than I am when it gets bad. A lot of asthma problems are exacerbated by panicking so being calm I think helps.

    Looking back I think het illness it did effect me a lot as a child though at the time it all seemed normal to me. My brother joined the navy at 16 so from the age of 11 I did a lot around the house. When mother went into hospital then I cleaned the house and made my father's meals for him arriving home. The experience has left me very independently minded which I don't think it's a bad thing.

    I myself joined the navy in 1971. It could be that sub consciously my brother and I left home as soon as we could. Maybe - maybe not. Anyway we both turned out ok and can look after ourselves. Things got better for her in the 70s which I take to be because of the menopause but it could also be linked to both children reaching adulthood and leaving home. Asthma can be triggered by stress like child rearing and my mother was an extreme worrier.

    Hope this helpful.

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