Q&A: How Does COPD Affect Pregnancy?

pregnant woman with doctorQ: How does COPD affect pregnancy?

A: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. “Progressive” means that the disease gets worse over time. The most common cause of COPD is smoking. The two main forms of COPD are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Many people have a combination of both.

Bronchitis can be dangerous when you are pregnant. The symptoms of bronchitis can cause fatigue and divert your energy away from your growing fetus. If you are pregnant, it is important to be proactive about staying healthy. By following a few preventive tips, you may be able to avoid illnesses like bronchitis and give your baby the best possible start in life. Consult with your doctor if you have any symptoms of bronchitis. Your doctor is best suited to care for you during your pregnancy.