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    I have sleep apnea, could that have caused my still birth?

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    Dr Gary Sykes

    Obstetrician

    Dr Gary Sykes is a graduate Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B, B.S.) from Sydney University. He commenced his initial postgraduate training at … View Profile

    Relax. I would not be concerned
     
    To my knowledge there has been only one case study that has suggested a link between obstructive sleep apnoea and stillbirth. Brain KA, Thornton JG, Sarkar A, Johnson AO. Obstructive sleep apnoea and fetal death: successful treatment with continuous positive airway pressure. BJOG. 2001;108(5):543–4. doi: 10.1016/S0306-5456(00)00106-6. 
     
    As well I suspect if you know you have sleep apnoea, then you have treatment with a Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure (CPAP) machine. This would mean that you have a more normal breathing pattern while asleep

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