Snoring in Pregnancy Can Be a Risk Sign
Sawing logs all night may be more than just a nuisance to a bed buddy. A study of 1,673 women found that pregnant mothers who snore are more likely to have an emergency C-section or babies who are too small than those who sleep more quietly. Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea—a condition in which a person’s windpipe temporarily closes during sleep, causing pauses in breathing. Sleep apnea is linked to a range of health problems including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Heavier people are at an elevated risk for sleep apnea, and the researchers suspect that the weight gained during pregnancy may increase the risk for sleep apnea as well. However, the researchers noted that the risks were highest among women who snored habitually prior to pregnancy. If snoring is an issue, talk to your doctor about getting tested for sleep apnea.
Source: Sleep, Nov. 1, 2013