You always complained about your husband snoring at night. But suddenly, the roles have reversed! It’s you who is keeping your partner awake now. Pregnancy can do that to a marriage!
But can snoring during pregnancy lead to any other complication? Or is it just a strained marriage you have to worry about?
What Causes Snoring During Pregnancy?
Many women, who never snored in their lives, find their partners complaining of sleeplessness nights. This is especially true during the third trimester.
So, why do pregnant women snore?
1. Nasal Congestion:
Pregnancy hormones are a notorious lot! They can take a toll on your body. These very hormones lead to swelling of the mucus membranes, which in turn lead to nasal congestion and snoring.
[ Read: Nasal Congestion During Pregnancy ]
2. Weight Gain:
Obesity is directly linked to snoring. During pregnancy, women tend to pile on the pounds. This extra weight leads to extra tissues in the neck, which can lead to snoring.
Is Snoring During Pregnancy A Cause For Worry?
People often joke about snoring. But pregnancy snoring can be a signal of something more serious. Here are some serious health issues associated with heavy snoring during pregnancy:
1. Sleep Apnea:
Snoring can lead short periods of sleep apnea, time when you just stop breathing. It can lead to oxygen deprivation in your body and harm your baby.
Snoring can also lead to preeclampsia. A serious health issue, preeclampsia can lead to premature birth. And in worst case scenarios, even prove to be fatal.
3. Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR):
Studies indicate that pregnant snorers are more likely to suffer from instances of Intrauterine Growth Restriction. IUGR can lead to low birth weight in babies. IUGR babies also show developmental delays. Regular ultrasound scans can help monitor your baby’s growth and help catch IUGR on time.
[ Read: Intrauterine Growth Retardation ]
4. Gestational Diabetes:
Pregnancy snoring is also an indicator of gestational diabetes. So, make sure to take the glucose tolerance test to rule out this particular pregnancy problem.
5. Low Birth Weight:
Some researchers say that snoring can lead to inflammation in the placenta, which in turn can cause low birth weight in babies.
[ Read: Low Birth Weight ]
When Should You See Your Doctor?
If you are snoring more than usual, you should mention it to your doctor. But if you come across any of the following symptoms, rush to the ER, as they can be a sign of preeclampsia.
- Daytime sleepiness
- Headache that refuses to go away
- Swollen legs
Preeclampsia is an emergency. In most cases, a diagnosis of preeclampsia will send you straight to the operation room to deliver your baby – no matter how early it is. That may be the only chance of saving your life and give your baby a chance at survival. Many of the symptoms mentioned above may be harmless. But don’t take a chance!
Snoring During Pregnancy Remedies:
Chances are; your nighttime cacophony is nothing to worry about. But if you want to help your partner sleep better, you can try the following tips:
1. Invest In Nasal Strip:
Easily available in drugstores, nasal strips are a drug-free way to get freedom from snoring. Just stick it on while going to bed!
2. Get A Humidifier:
As mentioned before, most pregnant women snore due to nasal congestion. So, buy a warm-mist humidifier. Use it in your bedroom while you sleep to get some relief from snoring.
3. Try Sleeping On Your Side:
This is something you should be doing in any case! Try sleeping on your side, left is better. It will improve circulation in your body and help you sleep better too.
4. Try Elevation:
Try sleeping with your head slightly elevated. Just grab two pillows instead of one. It will also allow free airflow and give your husband better sleep.
[ Read: Pregnancy Pillow ]
5. Watch What You Eat:
Yes, you need to gain weight while pregnant. But don’t let yourself go! Remember, pregnancy weight is tough to lose. Not just that, those extra pounds could be the reason you are snoring. So, watch what you eat and keep your weight under control.
6. Stay Away From:
Alcohol, tobacco and sleeping pills! First, they are not good for your growing baby. Second, they can make your throat closeup and cause snoring.
[ Read: Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy ]
7. Buy Some Ear Plugs:
Sleep deprivation is no laughing matter. So, buy your partner some ear plugs and let him sleep.
8. Head To The Couch:
If nothing works and your husband’s need for sleep seems bigger than his patience, head for the couch. Or ask your husband to shift base to the couch if he wants to sleep at night.
The good news is that you won’t snore forever. Once your baby is here, the snoring is most likely to vanish. But sleepless nights? Well, they are here to stay for a while! Don’t be surprised to find your partner wistfully talking about those beautiful ‘snore-filled’ nights!
Is snoring wrecking your marriage? How are you dealing with it? Tell us, in the comments section below.
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