Exploring How Pregnancy Influences Sleep Apnea Risk

Pregnancy heralds profound physical and hormonal shifts, often accompanied by a range of sleep disruptions. Among these,
obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can surface or intensify during this period.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition characterized by repeated episodes of complete or partial obstruction of the upper airway during sleep.

Awareness of risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options empowers expectant mothers to prioritize their health and navigate pregnancy and beyond with greater ease.

Factors that can increase OSA risk during pregnancy

  • Excess weight, particularly around the neck and throat area, can contribute to airway obstruction during sleep, exacerbating sleep apnea symptoms.
  • Hormonal Changes can affect muscletone and relaxation of the upper airway muscles.
  • Nasal Congestion occurs due to increased blood flow to the mucous membranes in the nose, a condition commonly known as pregnancy rhinitis.
  • Gestational Hypertension and Preeclampsia is linked to sleep apnea which can potentially lead to complications during pregnancy and delivery.


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