Protect Your Child’s Health
Pregnancy is demanding and stressful on its own, but mothers suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can face a unique set of challenges. Luckily, specialists like Dr. Lawrence provide non-invasive treatment to reduce or eliminate these issues.
Learn the risks that sleep apnea presents to expecting mothers and ensure the safety of your child.
Pregnancy With Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a common condition which causes muscles at the back of the throat to relax during sleep and obstruct the flow of air. Because increased body weight is a risk factor for sleep apnea, the natural weight gain that comes with pregnancy may contribute to nighttime breathing issues. Additionally, elevated hormones can cause the mucus membrane in your nose to swell, resulting in congestion and obstructed breathing.
Whether sleep apnea arises during pregnancy or is a preexisting condition, there is no better reason to seek treatment than the protection of your child. If you snore loudly and frequently or seem to be breathing irregularly over the course of a night, sleep apnea may be to blame.
Only a sleep study can confirm with certainty that you are suffering from sleep apnea. Dr. Lawrence can refer you to specialists for an overnight observation or provide the tools to conduct an at-home sleep study.
Frequently Asked Questions
How common is it to develop sleep apnea during pregnancy?
In the United States, research suggests that about 10 percent of women suffer from sleep apnea. During pregnancy, however, this number is estimated to jump to upwards of 26 percent by the third trimester. Whether or not symptoms persist after a pregnancy depends on individual cases, but treating sleep apnea during gestation is crucial to ensure healthy development and delivery for your baby.
Can other conditions predispose me to sleep apnea during my pregnancy?
If you suffer from certain conditions, the likelihood of developing sleep apnea during your pregnancy may be higher than average. We advise that you watch for signs of sleep apnea if you’re pregnant and struggle with any of the following conditions:
- High Blood Pressure
- Diabetes, including Gestational Diabetes
- Deviated Septum
Can sleep apnea harm my unborn baby?
Pregnant women struggling with sleep apnea are more likely to develop certain conditions, like preeclampsia, which may pose a risk to their unborn babies. There’s also a chance that their child’s development may be impacted. Furthermore, because sleep apnea affects a patient’s ability to breathe while asleep, their fetus’s oxygen levels may drop. Pregnant patients with sleep apnea are also more likely to require a C-section delivery.