In a study of 3,477 asthmatic women, those who had asthma exacerbations in the first trimester were 48 percent more likely to have a child with a congenital malformation: 13 percent of babies born to women with asthma attacks had at least one malformation, such as a birth defect of the heart, facial structures, spine or digestive system. That compared with 9 percent of infants whose mothers had well-controlled asthma in early pregnancy.' advice: "Women who are planning to become pregnant should make sure their asthma is under control. If it's not well-controlled, they should go to their doctor."
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