Asthma after pregnancy

by Lisa
(Auburn, NY, USA)

I never had asthma, until I got pregnant for the first time 10 years ago. I also never had regular periods until after the birth, only having them 2-3 times a year. Now I have "asthma" that has been treated unsuccesfully for 10 years. My doctor has thrown everything under the sun at me, and nothing.

I was also told I am now allergic to almost everything! What is going on hormonal now than before when I was missing my periods? I cannot figure out whether it is too much or not enough progestrone.

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Apr 01, 2009
Asthma after pregnancy
by: Wray

Hi Lisa. Apologies for this late reply, but I have just replied to an email you sent me, so I won't repeat myself again. Take care, Wray.

Nov 08, 2009
I have the same problem, I think
by: Anonymous

I had asthma prior to pregnancy, but it was well managed and under control and fine during pregnancy. But after having my baby I have it more severely again (although they are running other tests now to check for other things). Have you had an answer yet as to why you have asthma? Do hormones play a role? Thanks.

Nov 14, 2009
I have the same problem, I think
by: Wray

Progesterone does help asthma, it expands lung volume, it is a vasodilator which means blood vessels relax, and it's an anti-inflammatory. Progesterone levels are very high during pregnancy, which explains why the asthma was fine. Please see these papers...
Paper 1
Paper 2
Please have a vitamin D test done, low levels are strongly associated with asthma. See here. Take care, Wray

Apr 01, 2011
Same Story
by: Melissa

I have the same story uncontrolled asthma, sinus and allergies after I became pregnant, it never went away, it has been three years now and I have been through many doctors and medications .. I love food but have found the less I eat the better my symptoms .. I try to keep it very lite mostly veggies and chix and lots of water .. boring I know .. but the food allergies play a big part, I still have to stay on lots meds, the plus side is I have lost weight and gained energy. I dream of the day when things go back to the way they were priir to the birth of my daughter

Apr 20, 2011
Same Story
by: Wray

Hi Melissa Please have a vitamin D test done, for more info see the Vitamin D council and GrassrootsHealth websites. Also this paper here. We have recently helped a woman who'd had asthma for 30 years, as soon as she started the vitamin D it went, and she has not had one episode since. It is necessary to take 5000iu's per day or more. Progesterone is also effective against asthma, you might consider using it, see here and here. For more info see our page on How to use progesterone. But if you do use it please see our page on Oestrogen Dominance first as this can occur. Take care Wray

Jul 26, 2011
You might have lpr reflux
by: Anonymous

I also developed wheezing during my pregnancy and it ended up being lpr reflux. The upper pressure of my esophagus got messed up which allows acid to come all the way up and aspirated in my lungs. I would suggest getting a double probe ph test and manometer. I am going to mayo clinic and night be having a nissen fundoplication surgery have a gi doctor order the testing for you. Good luck!

Sep 19, 2011
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by: Anonymous

I actually had this happen to me also. I had some minor problems before being pregnant but never needed medicine. I had anxiety issues but I think the fact that I got the flu towards the end of my pregnancy and I was coughing every 3 hours contributed to my asthma after pregnancy!

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