Pregnancy & Sleep Apnea

Did you Know?

Pregnancy does not necessarily mean that you have to be exhausted! Did you know that pregnant women not only have more sleepiness but are at risk for sleep disorders that, when diagnosed and treated, not only helps you sleep better but may also improve the health and well-being of you and your baby?

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition where the airway collapses during sleep and causes you to temporarily stop breathing (called apneas). In most cases, heavy snoring is also present.

Who is at Risk?

Studies suggest that mothers who get certain sleep disorders diagnosed and treated may…

  • have less risk of diabetes during pregnancy
  • less risk of high blood pressure during pregnancy
  • less risk of their babies being born prematurely
  • less risk of emergent births
  • less risk of miscarriage healthier babies at birth
  • And much more good news for you and your baby!

How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?

A sleep study is the best test for sleep apnea, and it is very simple to complete. This test can be done in the comfort of your own home. This will check to see how many times you stop breathing during the night.

What is the Treatment for Sleep Apnea?

If you have sleep apnea, your physician will help you find the perfect treatment plan! Usually this consists of a small piece of equipment called a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). A CPAP uses air pressure to keep your airway open while you are sleeping. This is the easiest and most common form of treatment for OSA. The CPAP has a mask that is worn under the nose (or in a mask form if you prefer) which provides steady and comfortable airflow to keep you breathing well and sleeping better.