Asthma and pregnancy

7) During labour

Woman in labour

Woman in labour

If your asthma is well controlled there is little or no increased risk for you or your baby.

Make sure you take your inhalers and asthma medication with you if you are admitted to hospital for the birth.

Normal methods of pain control during birth are safe to be given to women with asthma. You can discuss this with your midwife.

An epidural (anaesthetic injection around the spine) is sometimes preferred for pain control as it places less stress on breathing during labour.

If you do need to have a general anaesthetic for a caesarean delivery the doctors, nurses and anaesthetist will know about your asthma and can take appropriate precautions during the delivery.