Could my pregnancy be causing me to snore?
Yes, it certainly could. Snoring is common in pregnancy, affecting about a third of pregnant women, many of whom have never snored before. There are two things which cause snoring during pregnancy: weight gain and pregnancy hormones which cause nasal congestion.
Even if you control your weight during your pregnancy, hormones cause the mucous membranes in the nose to swell, constricting the movement of air through the nasal passages and causing snoring. This tends to begin in the second trimester and the stuffy nose can continue throughout the pregnancy. Excess weight gain results in extra tissue around the head and neck, aggravating snoring.
Could my snoring indicate a more serious problem during pregnancy?
Most snoring during pregnancy is nothing to be concerned about, although it is worth discussing with your doctor if it is stopping you from getting quality sleep. It can be a sign of Gestational Diabetes, however. Most doctors do screen for this condition between 24 and 26 weeks but if you are snoring a lot before then, it could be a sign that it has developed earlier than that.
Sleep Apnea is another condition linked to snoring, and it is worth investigating during pregnancy as it causes you to stop breathing for a short period of time, depriving you and, potentially, the baby of oxygen.
Snoring in the third trimester can also indicate pre-eclampsia, a very dangerous condition related to sudden high blood pressure, as well as Intrauterine Growth Restriction which can lead to low birth weight in babies and developmental delays.
Regular ultrasound scans and being completely open with your doctor about how you are feeling can help catch any of these potential issues in time for treatment.
- Snoring is common during pregnancy
- Hormones cause nasal congestion
- Snoring begins in the second trimester
- Excess weight aggravates snoring