Have you found yourself with a newfound ability to snore loudly? You're not alone! The NSF reports that approximately 30 percent of pregnant women snore because of increased swelling in their nasal passages. The snoring occurs because the swelling partially obstructs the airways. But snoring during pregnancy is no joke. According to the NSF, snoring can lead to high blood pressure, putting mother and child at risk.
In severe cases of airway blockage, a condition called sleep apnea may occur. People with sleep apnea often snore loudly, and there are brief instances during which breathing actually stops. According to the NSF, the lack of oxygen can prevent you from getting the sleep you need, and could potentially harm your baby. If you're snoring loudly at night, and find yourself tired from a poor night's sleep, don't delay consulting with your doctor about it.