Are The Culprit
When you get a cold while you’re pregnant, you probably don’t think about what effect, if any, it would have on your baby. However, researchers in Germany have found a link between the number of colds a woman has during pregnancy and her child’s risk of asthma.
Asthma risk and mama colds
The German researchers followed 526 woman-and-child pairs for several years, with interviews conducted during pregnancy and then when the child was 3 months old, 12 months old and then yearly up to age 5.
The interviews consisted of questions about symptoms of asthma as well as other allergies, plus general medical history, environmental factors and socioeconomic factors. The researchers controlled for parental allergies and smoking, the presence of older siblings, pets in the home and other factors that are believed to increase the risk of asthma.
After analyzing the data, they discovered that women who had experienced three or more colds during pregnancy were twice as likely to have a child with asthma by age 5.
However, the lead author stressed that even though a link had been found, it didn’t prove that a high number of pregnancy colds cause asthma. “Is it truly the upper respiratory infection that affects the child? If a mother tries not to get a cold when she’s pregnant, will it help?” she said. “We don’t know.”
There may be a number of factors involved in upping the risk of childhood asthma, and women usually can’t control whether they’re catching colds or not. Of course, you can minimize your chances, but I’d suggest not stressing over these findings.