Mar 192011

Unfortunately, there has been little study done on Albuterol and pregnancy. It is difficult to gauge the risk to a fetus in a pregnant woman since conducting controlled studies on humans would be unethical.

Albuterol has been shown to cause birth defects in pregnant mice and rabbits. The defects included cleft palate, as well as skull deformations. It is for this reason that the Food and Drug Administration has classified Albuterol as a Pregnancy Category C drug. Pregnancy Category C drugs are drugs that show problems in pregnant animal studies, or for which no pregnancy studies at all have been done. Pregnancy Category C medications are to be prescribed on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of your doctor based on whether he or she feels the risks of not taking the medication overwhelm the risks of taking it. While it is best to avoid anything that could harm your fetus, if you have acute asthma, Albuterol might be the difference between life and death.

Think about it this way if you can’t breathe, then neither can your baby. If you normally experience acute allergies symptoms, then during pregnancy you are likely to experience severe allergies.

It is also important to note that animals do not always react to drugs in quite the same way as humans. Occasionally the tolerance of humans against the side effect of drugs is significantly higher. Evidence has suggested that a higher heart rate and increased blood sugar level results in the fetus due to Albuterol use by the mother.

However, in the vast majority of cases, the baby appears to be born perfectly fine.

If you would like to decrease your reliance on an inhaler, you might want to consider nutrition as a path to lowering your allergic response. Intake of Omega-3 fats has been particularly linked to allergies. The vast majority of people are deficient in Omega-3 fats, especially with modern diets. To increase your Omega-3 intake, eat more fatty fish, and consider taking Fish Oil capsules. The benefits to your unborn child will be manifold especially as DHA Omega-3 has shown to be of crucial importance in the development of fetuses and infants, affecting everything from their development of asthma to their I.Q.

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