More likely to snore when you’re pregnant?
Are you more likely to snore when you’re pregnant?
Mothers know that their bodies go through a lot of changes during pregnancy – and unfortunately, snoring is sometimes something that ends up happening, even if the mother never experienced the problem before.
According to parents.com, more than a third of pregnant women snore, even if they didn’t experience this problem before they got pregnant.
But is snoring really a big problem for pregnant women?
As it turns out, in addition to being an annoyance, snoring can also possibly affect the pregnancy – and possibly even the health of the baby as well.
One study (conducted in Sweden) showed that women who snored while pregnant were twice as likely to develop preeclampsia or hypertension as those who didn’t. The babies of snoring mothers were also more likely to have lower birth weights, and their Apgar scores were also more likely to be lower.
But why are pregnant mothers more susceptible to snoring than women who aren’t pregnant?
The answer to this question is actually fairly simple. The truth is that a lot of different things happen to a woman’s body when she becomes pregnant – and over the course of this process, some of the changes tend to make her more susceptible to sleep disorder problems like snoring. Hormonal changes, weight gain, and fluid retention can all play a part in this.
These can also place the mother at an increased risk for sleep apnea, which is significantly more dangerous and troublesome.
Snoring and sleep apnea are disrupting on their own, but they can also cause some secondary side effects which might further help to complicate the experience of pregnancy for the expectant mother. As if pregnant moms don’t have enough to worry about, sleeping disorders like these can also contribute to an increase in daytime fatigue and drowsiness.
In other words – they can make you even more tired!
What can pregnant women do to reduce their odds of snoring?
This is probably the most important question to ask – and thankfully, there are several possible solutions that may prove viable if implemented correctly.
One possibility is a product such as nasal strips – but unfortunately, these might not work for most women who are pregnant. The snoring problems that women undergo while pregnant are often too serious for such remedies. Besides, nasal strips don’t typically address snoring problems caused by fatty tissue vibration in the soft palate. They’re more likely to help with congestion-related snoring, which usually isn’t the main problem.
One method that’s said to work very well for pregnant women is continuous positive airway pressure therapy (also called CPAP). Positive airway pressure basically keeps a constant flow of air trapped in the respiratory system, which keeps the upper airways from collapsing or growing too narrow.
The only problem is that this requires you to wear a mask attached to a CPAP machine, which is a bit uncomfortable. It can also be expensive, and a lot of people don’t like how ‘invasive’ it feels.
A mandibular advancement device, however, could work wonders for someone dealing with pregnancy-related snoring. A tongue stabilization device could also give you exactly what you need to overcome the problem. A bit of trial and error may be required to find a stop-snoring device or method that’s perfect for you – but thankfully, a lot of these products are so inexpensive that most people can afford to buy two or more of them, just to give them a try.
And if you buy products with a satisfaction guarantee, you can just return them if they don’t end up working.
At any rate, it’s important to take snoring very seriously – especially if you’re pregnant. While it’s not always a big deal or anything worse than a minor annoyance, it could affect your quality of sleep, your overall health and well-being, and also the health and well-being of your child if you leave it unchecked.
For best results, try to find a snoring remedy that works well for you, and don’t forget to use it on a consistent, regular basis to minimize your snoring problems as much as possible.