Is it safe for my baby if I snore during pregnancy?

Is it safe for my baby if I snore during pregnancy?

Snoring may not be safe. It can have negative effects on your pregnancy and your baby if your snoring is chronic – meaning it occurs at least a few times a week.

Why? Because if you snore most nights, you're at risk for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes intermittent pauses in your breathing while you sleep. And when you stop breathing repeatedly, your body gets less oxygen.

Sleep apnea in pregnancy has been linked to a greater incidence of edema (swelling), daytime sleepiness, hypertension (high blood pressure), and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). Women who snore frequently have a higher prevalence of cesarean delivery and of low-birth-weight babies. They may also be at higher risk for depression during pregnancy.

No differences in brain development or physical development have been found in infants of women with sleep apnea during pregnancy. But they did, in one study, have lower social development scores at 12 months of age than babies whose mothers didn't have sleep apnea while they were pregnant.

Snoring during pregnancy isn't uncommon. In fact, about 8 percent of pregnant women report snoring in the first trimester, and just over 21 percent snore in the third trimester.

Have a talk with your healthcare provider if your snoring is more than occasional. If your symptoms indicate a risk for sleep apnea, testing may be recommended. Testing often involves an overnight sleep study.

Treating sleep apnea during pregnancy could have a positive health benefit for both you and your baby. Treatment options include:

  • A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to help you breathe more easily while you're sleeping.
  • A mandibular advancement device, which moves your lower jaw forward while you sleep. This helps reduce closure in the back of the throat, the main cause of sleep apnea.
  • Training devices that reduce the severity of sleep apnea by helping you avoid certain sleep positions.

Watch the video: Is it Bad if My Baby Snores? (January 2022).

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