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Sleep apnea is a chronic disorder in which the airways collapse during sleeping, obstructing airflow thereby causing involuntary breathlessness. As pregnancy progresses, if you or your partner notice a definite transition from quiet to loud snoring as well as pauses or disturbances in breathing, you might have sleep apnea.
During pregnancy, the amounts of estrogen produced can cause the mucus membranes in your nose to thicken which leads to nasal congestion which can increase the risk of sleep apnea. Pregnant women who are obese are also at an increased risk of sleep apnea because the extra tissue in the neck can make it hard to breathe at night.
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Here are symptoms of sleep apnea during pregnancy
Sleep apnea can be detected through the following symptoms
2 Breathlessness while sleeping
3 Waking up choking
4 Excessive daytime sleeping
5 Frequent urination
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How to manage sleep apnea during pregnancy
If you notice signs or symptoms of sleep apnea while pregnant, talk to your doctor about getting the testing and treatments you need to sleep and breathe better in other to avoid pregnancy complications. You can also try sleep on your side to help you breathe better while sleeping and if you are obese, you can try exercising to help lose extra weight.
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