If you’re having sleep issues during pregnancy, talk to Dr. Sheila Birth about your symptoms. Sleep apnea treatment can help you sleep better and make your pregnancy more comfortable.
How To Prevent Sleep Apnea During Pregnancy
Gaining weight during pregnancy is a natural part of keeping your baby healthy. However, since obesity is a common cause of sleep apnea, limiting certain foods that cause excess weight gain can help curb your sleep apnea symptoms. You may also want to ask your doctor about light exercises that help you fall asleep.
Sleeping on your side instead of your back is one of the simplest ways to reduce your symptoms. When you sleep on your back, tissue in your upper airway can block airflow, making it more difficult for you to breathe and stay soundly asleep. Sleeping on your side is the best way to clear your airway and support your baby.
For some women, sleep apnea treatment is necessary for clearing their airways during pregnancy. Dr. Birth has several solutions for sleep apnea to help you and your baby sleep soundly at night.
Treating Sleep Apnea During Pregnancy
If you and your doctor decide sleep apnea treatment is for you, there are several options to explore:
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) – This machine maintains pressurized airflow through a mask over your nose and keeps your airway clear throughout the night. However, many pregnant women find the device to be uncomfortable and loud, so we have less-invasive options available.
- Oral Appliance Therapy – Specialized oral appliances are a minimally invasive method of treating sleep apnea. This mouthguard allows you to sleep in any position, making it a popular option for expectant mothers.
- Surgery – If we find that a structural defect in your airway is the cause of your sleep apnea, surgery is an option. However, this is the last resort, so we don’t usually recommend this for expectant mothers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can pregnancy cause sleep apnea?
Does sleep apnea hurt my unborn baby?
Sleep deprivation due to sleep apnea is stressful. Stress has negative effects on your blood pressure, which is harmful during pregnancy. Finding a solution to your snoring could help your baby’s development.
Visit Dr. Birth For Relief From Sleep Apnea
You and your baby’s health is always our primary concern. If sleep apnea is detected early enough or before you become pregnant, chances are treatment can be effective in helping with the symptoms. If the condition worsens while you’re pregnant, consult with Dr. Sheila Birth, who has a wealth of background education on treating sleep apnea.
Give us a call and schedule a consultation at any stage of your pregnancy, especially if you’ve experienced sleep apnea. With sleep apnea treatment from Dr. Birth, you can enjoy a smoother pregnancy and sleep soundly through the night.