Snoring not only makes you an unpopular bed mate but also messes up with the quality of your sleep. But a new study conducted by the University of Michigan has found that snoring during pregnancy can be bad for your new baby’s health.
The researchers recruited 1,673 pregnant women during their first trimester. 35 percent of these women were habitual snorers. The medical records of these women were reviewed through delivery. It was found that moms who snored for more than three nights a week had a higher risk of poor delivery outcomes, which included C section births and delivering smaller babies.
Many women started snoring during their pregnancy due to overweight, hormone imbalance and fluid retention. But chronic snorer mothers were two-third more likely to have a baby born below the tenth percentile of weight and were twice more likely to need C section as compared to women who didn’t snore.
In non-pregnant women, snoring can cause inflammation that can be harmful to the cardiovascular system. Though there is not much evidence, snoring causes inflammation that alters the blood vessels that go to the placenta, which leads to less blood flow and nutrients that reach the baby, resulting in less growth.
There is nothing to be scared of if you are a snorer and pregnant at the moment. Rather pay attention to the factors that lead to a healthy pregnancy. Eating healthy and exercising regularly is of prime importance during this time
What you can do?
You can try sleeping with a slightly propped up pillow. If you snore for more than three nights in a week, check your blood pressure checked.