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Snoring during pregnancy increases risk for c-sections and delivering smaller babies


It has been found that snoring during pregnancy may have an adverse affect on baby’s health and delivery outcomes. According to study from the University of Michigan Health System, women who snored more than three several times a week had more chances of having adverse delivery outcomes. The results showed that two thirds of women who snored were more likely to have a baby that was a lot smaller than babies of the same gestation age, compared to those who didn’t snore. These women were also two times more likely to undergo C-section.


The study emphasized that women who experienced chronic snoring were at a greater risk of having a smaller baby and elective C-sections, than those who didn’t. Meanwhile, women who started snoring only after they got pregnant were at risk of both emergency and elective C-sections. These women were also estimated to be at a high risk of preeclampsia and increased blood pressure.

Louise M. O’Brien. “Positive Airway Pressure as a Therapy for Preeclampsia?” SLEEP, 2013.

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