The body goes through many changes during pregnancy, some are normal, while others may indicate a health problem. For instance, headaches and nausea are typically sensations that expectant moms experience and are just part of the natural process. However, if your partner tells you in the morning that you snored all night, which is something you never used to do, you may be at risk for high blood pressure and preeclampsia.
Hypertension can negatively impact your baby
A new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology revealed that snoring habitually during pregnancy may be associated with gestational hypertension and preeclampsia, which develops after the 20th week of pregnancy. Researchers from the University of Michigan examined approximately 1,700 women, and found that those who snored three to four times a week were twice as likely to have high blood pressure, as compared to participants who did not snore.
If not managed, high blood pressure during pregnancy may lead to health complications, such as having a low birthweight baby, pre-term delivery, or giving birth to an infant who has to spend time in the intensive care unit. Therefore, it's important that snoring women get assessed by a healthcare provider.
CPAP may help
A doctor can recommend continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, which is a machine used to open airways while sleeping, and may prevent snoring.
"Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a leading global cause of maternal and infant deaths and cost billions of dollars annually to treat," said Louise O'Brien, Ph.D., lead author of the study. "By asking pregnant women about snoring, especially in those with high blood pressure already, obstetric healthcare providers could identify women at high risk for sleep-disordered breathing and intervene during the pregnancy. This could result in better outcomes for mother and baby."
Do you know any women who snored during pregnancy? Were you aware that it could indicate a cardiovascular issue that may be detrimental to you baby? Leave your answers in the comment section!