Livonia Dentist Explains Snoring During Late-Term Pregnancy

Sleeping pregnant womanThe journey of pregnancy is beautiful and unique and millions of women worldwide experience the joy of pregnancy everyday. Feeling the baby move and watching your little one develop through a series of ultrasounds creates indescribable feelings of excitement and anticipation. That being said, the growing baby bump doesn’t always make the miracle of life the easiest task to handle. Alongside occasional heartburn and back pain, you may have trouble sleeping due to snoring during the third trimester of pregnancy. Though this is completely normal, Dr. Stewart provides some insight on reasons why this happens and how to treat symptoms.

What Causes Snoring in Pregnancy?

Though not every woman will experience snoring while pregnant, being prepared for possibility doesn’t hurt. Usually, late-term pregnancy snoring stems from:

  • Swollen nasal passages affected by the elevated levels of estrogen which causes the mucous membranes in your nostrils to expand, allowing snoring to occur. These membranes also widen from the increase of throughout pregnancy.
  • Congestion from allergies or a cold can contribute to snoring.
  • Large amounts of pregnancy weight gain generally creates breathing difficulties. Try to maintaining a healthy weight while pregnant by having mindful eating habits and doing pregnant appropriate exercises.
  • Pregnancy induced sleep apnea. This condition doesn’t occur frequently amongst pregnant women, however, if your partner or spouse notices an interruption in your nighttime breathing, visit a doctor for treatment recommendations.

How to Resolve this New Development

A few simple solutions may relieve pregnancy snoring and allow a better night’s sleep.

  • Side sleeping and head elevation
  • No alcohol consumption or tobacco use, as this relaxes muscles and restricts the airway, respectively. Additionally, those habits hinder the baby’s development.
  • Gaining only the recommended amount of pregnancy weight.

Livonia Dentist Provides Snoring Solutions

Pregnancy can bring many unexpected surprises, and snoring counts as one of them. Dr. Stewart can recommend ways to improving nighttime snoring during pregnancy. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (734) 425-4400. Also visit our website to view services, testimonials, and print patient forms. We look forward to treating patients from Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and surrounding areas