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    Is sleep apnea while being pregnant dangerous?

    I have sleep apnea and I am pregnant. Is there anything I need to worry about in term of sleep apnea and pregnancy?
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  • The Sleep Health Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of ‘valuing sleep’ as part of a healthy lifestyle alongside regular exercise, a … View Profile

    Pregnant women often snore in the latter half of their pregnancy, so a degree of mild sleep apnoea particularly at the end of pregnancy is common. There is a bit of controversy as to whether this is safe or unsafe.
     
    Women who have more significant snoring and sleep apnoea tend to have more complications with their deliveries, and women who have had definite sleep apnoea in the last trimester tend to have babies that are lower in weight than they should be. Therefore sleep apnoea appears to be unhealthy and should be attended to.
     
    Very occasionally there is a complication during pregnancy of high blood pressure, fluid retention and protein leaking out of the kidneys. This is called pre-eclampsia, and often leads to premature delivery. The presence of snoring and sleep apnoea seems to make this a whole lot worse, and treating snoring and sleep apnoea in pre-eclamptic women seems to improve outcomes for mother and baby. For more information on pregnancy and sleep click here
     

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