Asthma linked to raised risk of pregnancy complications

Analysis of medical records of more than 220,000 deliveries in the US from 2002 to 2008 showed asthma was associated with increased risk for pre-eclampsia (14%), preterm birth (17%), placenta praevia (30%), maternal ICU admission (34%) and pulmonary embolism (71%).

The authors suggest that the underlying immune dysfunction in patients with asthma may increase the likelihood of poor placentation, leading to gestational hypertensive disorders.

“More research is needed to determine factors that predict poor obstetric outcomes and determine if certain vulnerable women can benefit