A summary of an ELF study published in ERJ Open Research
Women with lung conditions need more support and advice before, during and after pregnancy, according to a study by the European Lung Foundation.
The study, which was published in ERJ Open Research, collected the experiences and opinions of women living with a lung condition. Lung diseases can complicate pregnancy. Until now, we have not known much about the experiences of women with lung disease when they are pregnant.
An online survey took place between March and May 2018. 327 women took part in the survey. They had asthma, cystic fibrosis (CF), lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) and sarcoidosis. The survey was available in 9 languages.
226 women who completed the survey were pregnant at the time or had been pregnant before. Women with LAM and CF were most likely to rate the care they received during pregnancy as good or excellent. Women with asthma and sarcoidosis were more likely to rate it as poor or very poor. Other findings included:
The study suggests there are differences in the level of support that women with lung conditions receive. Many women feel that their concerns are not addressed. These findings suggest that healthcare providers should speak with women early on, before getting pregnant. They also need to follow up during pregnancy and after birth. Healthcare professionals need training to prepare them with the information they will need.
Title: Family planning, pregnancy and birth in women with lung conditions: a worldwide survey
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