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Systematic review and meta-analysis
Asthma is associated with various perinatal risks, but not with preterm birth when it is actively managed during pregnancy
  1. Kitaw Demissie
  1. Department of Epidemiology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
  1. Correspondence to Kitaw Demissie
    Department of Epidemiology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 683 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA; demisski{at}

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Asthma is a growing medical and public health concern, and is the most frequent respiratory disorder complicating pregnancy. Estimates from 2001 to 2003 National Health Interview Survey indicate that 8.8% of pregnant women had current asthma.1 As has been observed in other population segments, asthma in pregnancy has been increasing over time.1 In the last four decades, several studies have reported the adverse effects of asthma during pregnancy on infant and maternal outcomes.2 The reported adverse outcomes for the most part are consistent, but varied by the study design as well as by whether or not pregnant women with asthma were actively managed.


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