What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea During Pregnancy?
When people think of sleep apnea, they usually associate it with snoring, but not all snorers have it. Partners of people who have sleep apnea have reported that it sounds like the person is choking or gasping breathlessly in their sleep.
Another sign of sleep apnea is waking up feeling fatigued and restless. Due to the natural stress carrying a child has on your body, this symptom can be hard to differentiate. If you find yourself regularly dozing off while driving or that you can’t stay awake in the afternoons, then please contact Dr. Iregui today.
Does Sleep Apnea Affect Your Expected Child?
If left untreated, sleep apnea has been associated with an array of serious health complications including gestational hypertension, unplanned Caesarean sections, and diabetes. It is also possible to have fetal growth restrictions and prolonged labor.
Some women who are severely affected by sleep apnea might also develop obesity hypoventilation syndrome, which happens when severely overweight people fail to breathe rapidly enough. This will result in low blood sugar levels and high blood carbon dioxide levels, which can be harmful to you and your baby.
Beneficially, Dr. Iregui offers treatment plans that will increase your chances of having a healthy baby.
How to Effectively Treat Sleep Apnea While Pregnant
It is imperative that you get treatment for sleep apnea—especially during pregnancy—due to the effects it has on the mother and the fetus.
The current industry standard of treatment is known as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), but there are alternative treatment options for people who can’t adjust to their CPAP machine.
According to the National Institute of Health, about half of the patients diagnosed with sleep apnea are overweight. If the patient is having twins (triplets, quadruplets, etc.), then the use of a more precise BiPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure) machine may be more suitable. The pressure applied from this machine will need to be altered as the pregnancy progresses and weight is gained.
In some extreme cases, the use of surgical procedures, such as a tracheostomy will be required to make sure the mother and child receive ample amounts of oxygen. However, no surgery is recommended because of the risk of adverse pregnancy complications.
Get the Sleep Your Child Needs
At SoundBridge Dental Arts & Sleep Therapy, we will help you get the diagnosis and treatment you and your child deserve. If you want to learn more about snoring and sleep apnea treatments that are appropriate during pregnancy, please call 253-204-2643 to speak with one of our friendly staff members. Or leave your information in the submission form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.