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Snoring pregnant woman: symptoms, medical solutions, remedies and tips

Important points Summary
What is snoring during pregnancy? A common phenomenon affecting 40% of pregnant women, especially in the 3rd trimester. Generally benign and temporary, but can be a sign of sleep apnea requiring medical attention.
Solutions to reduce snoring
Good sleeping position Sleeping on the left side clears the airway and avoids compression of the inferior vena cava.
Use a humidifier Maintains ideal humidity levels to prevent dehydration of nasal mucous membranes.
Breathing exercises Muscle and tone the upper respiratory tract to reduce the vibrations that cause snoring.
Maintains nasal passages mechanically open during sleep.
Disappearance after childbirth? Yes in the majority of cases, except for 18% of women who continue to snore.

What is snoring during pregnancy?

Snoring during pregnancy is a very common phenomenon, affecting around 40% of pregnant women, particularly from the 3ᵉ trimester onwards.

Although annoying, it is generally benign and temporary.

However, it may be a sign of a more serious problem such as sleep apnea which requires medical attention.

What causes snoring during pregnancy?

Weight gain

Weight gain is an inevitable part of pregnancy.

This extra weight increases fatty tissue in the neck and throat, narrowing the airways.

The expanding uterus also pushes upwards, raising the diaphragm and creating a smaller residual volume in the lungs.

Hormonal changes

Major hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy, including:

💊 progesterone,

💊 estrogen.

They cause swelling of the nasal and throat mucosa.

This narrows the upper airways and creates resistance to the passage of air, the source of the sound vibrations that cause snoring.

This rhinitis affects many pregnant women.

Gastric reflux

Pregnancy considerably increases the risk of acid reflux due to the pressure exerted by the uterus on the stomach.

Reflux irritates the throat and inflames the soft tissues of the pharynx, causing them to relax during sleep.

This partially obstructs the respiratory tract, causing vibrations that lead to snoring.

Solutions to reduce snoring during pregnancy

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Have a good sleeping position

Sleeping on your left side is strongly recommended during pregnancy for several reasons.

First of all, this position prevents the uterus from compressing the inferior vena cava, ensuring good blood circulation.

But it also clears the airways by preventing the tongue from collapsing towards the back of the palate.

Use pillows to prop yourself up comfortably on your left side.

Using a humidifier

Ambient air that's too dry dries out the nasal mucosa and promotes congestion, partially obstructing the nostrils.

This forces you to breathe through your open mouth, generating the sound vibrations that cause snoring.

A humidifier maintains an ideal humidity levelof between 40 and 60% in the bedroom.

You can also use seawater sprays or saline solutions to moisturize the nostrils directly before bedtime.

Practice breathing exercises

From deep nasal breathing exercises like those practiced in yoga, help to strengthen and tone the upper respiratory tract.

This reduces snoring vibrations by preventing partial obstruction.

The simple act of consciously breathing through the nose during the day can also help restore good breathing habits for the night.

The Back2Sleep solution, the intranasal orthosis

This intranasal orthosis soft, drug-free silicone orthosis mechanically holds the nasal passages open during sleep.

Its tip reaches the soft palate to prevent obstruction of the upper airway.

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FAQs on snoring during pregnancy

Q. Is snoring during pregnancy dangerous for the baby?

  1. Snoring itself is generally not dangerous for the baby.

On the other hand, sleep apnea absolutely must be managed, as it can lead to complications:

- Poor oxygenation of the blood, depriving the fetus of oxygen.

- An increased risk of high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia for the mother.

- Higher risk of premature delivery or low birth weight.

It is therefore important to consult a doctor, such as an ENT specialist, in the event of severe snoring, daytime sleepiness or pauses in breathing at night.

A sleep recording (polysomnography) to detect and, if necessary, treat apnea.

Q. Does snoring disappear after childbirth?

  1. In the vast majority of cases, yes! Snoring disappears spontaneously within 3 months of delivery, once :

- The weight has returned to normal.

- Hormone levels have rebalanced.

- Pressure on the respiratory tract is reduced.

However, for around 18% of women, snoring persists after childbirth.

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