Snoring during Pregnancy

One of the physical changes that we can notice during pregnancy are at bedtime snoring. Although we have never roncado, it is possible, on all at the end of the pregnancy, we start to snore at night.

We should not worry, since between 25% and 30% of all pregnant women snore at some point during their pregnancies, particularly during the second and third trimester.

Why do we snore during pregnancy?

Snoring arise when the airways become obstructed, making it impossible to breathe properly. Nasal congestion (often accompanied by nosebleeds), is a common ailment during pregnancy,: is often have a feeling of plugging and difficulty breathing through the nose, without being cold.

Probably this congestion is due to high levels of estrogen and increased blood flow to the mucous membranes of the nose that causes these are tender and swell: pregnant women have a 30% to 50% more blood circulation in your body which it should normally have.

In addition, it seems that during pregnancy women airway narrows. As it increases weight during pregnancy with maternity jackets, stored some fat around the throat and neck, which causes the Airways to narrow.

As a result, likely to make unusual sounds whenever we breathe while we sleep. With luck, the sounds will be quite mild. If snoring is noisy and annoying they could interfere with proper rest of women.

This particular difficulty in breathing or congestion can be aggravated by unusual postures which we adopt to sleep more comfortably in the final stage of pregnancy.

Who are more prone to snoring during pregnancy?

As we have pointed out, a high percentage of women will suffer mild to severe snoring at some point during their pregnancy. However, seem to have certain factors which could become a increase the risk of snoring during pregnancy:

  • Excessive increase in weight during pregnancy. With this weight gain comes increased pressure on the diaphragm, producing restrictions on the breath for many women.
  • Suffering from obesity during pregnancy.
  • Have a neck very long (women who snore tend to have one centimeter longer neck than women who do not snore).
  • Suffer hypertension or preeclampsia.
  • Suffer from maternal asthma.
  • Previously roncadoras women, who will surely be increased the frequency and intensity of snoring.

Snoring and sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder closely related to snoring, which causes that the Airways are closed completely While you are sleeping. This fact makes it impossible to allow the lungs to breathe oxygen, causing nbos wake up.

If we notice these symptoms, should go to the doctor to correctly diagnose the problem and, where appropriate, initiate appropriate treatment. Long-term sleep apnea may affect our energy level and could deprive the baby of oxygen badly needed. In addition, there is evidence that relate the apnea in pregnancy with diabetes and hypertension.

Can the baby suffer?

There are studies that indicate that there could be delays in growth if fetal mother hoarse, but with other symptoms such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes and sleep apnea. So it is important to go to the specialist in such cases.

Fortunately, snoring during pregnancy they are a temporary fact that sent after giving birth. Only have to worry and go to the doctor if snoring are associated with other health problems, such as apnea, pre-eclampsia, hypertension or obesity.