If you have started snoring in pregnancy when you've never done it, don't worry, you're among the 30% of pregnant women who do.
Snoring is common in the last months of pregnancy, but you don't have to worry, normally these snoring are seasonal and will disappear when your pregnancy ends. On our site we tell you the reasons for those unpleasant snoring in pregnancy and what you can do to mitigate them.
Snoring in pregnancy is usually caused by that torrent of hormones that is unleashed during pregnancy. Estrogen levels increase causing a relaxation of the airways; On the other hand, the increase in blood flow, which is usually between 30 and 50% more than usual, causes the mucous membranes of the nose to swell, leaving a narrower passage for air.
Let's not forget that, especially in the second and third trimesters, weight gain and the volume of the gut increase so much that falling asleep in the usual way is almost impossible, which is why pregnant women adopt strange postures that add an extra to the possibility of suffering those annoying snoring.
A curious fact is that it reveals that, with weight gain, the fat in the neck and throat increases, which causes a narrowing of the airways. This, together with the same weight gain putting pressure on the diaphragm, causes breathing to be markedly restricted.
Although it is not dangerous and does not affect the baby, it must always be ruled out that there are other related pathologies such as: asthma, diabetes, hypertension, obesity or sleep apnea, which would need medical surveillance since they can affect the natural growth of the fetus.
1- Try not to gain too much weight in pregnancy.
2- Do the digestion before going to bed.
3- Ventilate the rooms well and, if necessary, use a humidifier.
4- Elevate your head with a double pillow or sleep more upright than normal.
5- Do not sleep on your back.
6- Do not drink caffeinated beverages because they narrow the airways, eat a healthy diet and play sports.
7- If snoring makes your partner spend more than one night on the couch, there are some strips that widen the nostrils, or use a mandibular advancement device, which helps to slightly displace the jaw and facilitate the introduction of air.
Quiet, most likely, if you did not snore before, it is that snoring will disappear after pregnancy.
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