Asthma exacerbations among childbearing women in Australia
Asthma is the most common chronic condition among women of childbearing age in Australia. Up to 45% of pregnant women with asthma experience an asthma exacerbation during pregnancy. Asthma and exacerbations are associated with adverse perinatal and infant health outcomes, such as gestational diabetes, preterm birth and childhood asthma. The purpose of this study is 1) to describe characteristics of pregnant women with asthma in comparison to pregnant women without asthma, 2) to identify and describe exacerbation patterns among pregnant women with asthma and, 3) to predict exacerbation patterns based on characteristics.