Are You Experiencing Sleep Problems?
Pregnancy can cause women to become stressed, but experiencing restless nights of sleep can be even worse. Waking up frequently throughout the night can leave you feeling tired and irritable throughout the day, which can take a toll on you and even your baby.
If the above symptoms sound like you, it’s possible that you’re suffering from sleep apnea. This condition is caused when a person’s airway is obstructed, causing them to wake up suddenly. Sleep apnea can also cause you to snore, resulting in your partner’s sleep being disrupted as well.
The Effects of Sleep Apnea on You and Your Baby
Sleep is crucial for pregnant women to ensure they stay healthy and are providing adequate nutrients for their baby, so sleep apnea can cause them both to develop health problems.
Pregnant women with sleep apnea may experience the following:
- High blood pressure
- Weight gain
- Complications during delivery
Aside from these risks, it was found that pregnant women with sleep apnea delivered babies that were immediately admitted to the ICU.
Seeking Treatment For Your Sleep Apnea
If you suspect that you’re suffering from sleep apnea, it’s crucial that you contact us right away at (408) 549-1591 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yemoto. He’ll evaluate your condition and refer you to a physician to get tested for sleep apnea.
Once you receive your diagnosis, Dr. Yemoto will suggest treatment. Traditionally, sleep apnea patients have been prescribed CPAP treatment. However, many patients find this method to be ineffective, especially while pregnant.
Alternatively, you’ll most likely be prescribed an oral appliance. This is a custom-made mouthpiece designed to treat your sleep apnea. In addition to this, Dr. Yemoto may recommend exercises to keep your weight down, or mouth and throat exercises to strengthen those muscles.