A Pregnant Mom’s Sleep is Important

A pregnant mom’s sleep may affect the health of the unborn baby.  This study was done by the University of South Australia and the lead researcher was Associate Professor Jane Warland.

Adults should sleep for about 1/3 of their lives.  An unborn baby should also sleep for about 1/3 or more of their gestation period.  So maternal sleep could impact the health of the unborn baby.  If the mother is sleeping on her back, it can have a negative affect on the unborn baby.  This may be by reducing oxygen and nutrients to the baby.

But the most important thing found in the study seemed to suggest a positive relationship between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in the mother and premature birth of the baby.  Other larger studies also showed a positive connection between OSA in the mother and premature birth.

Professor Jane Warland said, “By investigating this important field of study, we’re hoping to provide clinicians and families with important information that may safeguard the health and well-being of an unborn baby and reduce the incidence of poor fetal outcomes.”

OSA is a frequent obstruction in the upper airway in people. This causes a temporary pause in breathing during sleep. Not treating OSA can cause many life-threatening conditions.  This is because these pauses reduce the required amount of oxygen needed by the body for each cell in the body. This means that every cell is deprived of its required fuel for health!

And OSA is easily diagnosed with a sleep test done in your own home.  Remember, snoring/OSA are treatable.  And they MUST be treated to prolong your life.  Make an appointment for a free consultation to discuss your questions and see the different treatment options that are available.  Call our office at 208-667-4551.