Treating Sleep-Disordered Breathing In Pregnant Women Could Improve Fetal Health: Study

Pregnant women who snore because of mild sleep-disordered breathing could do their unborn babies a favor by getting treated for their sleep condition, a small new study suggests.The findings, published in the journal SLEEP, show that fetal movements are higher when a woman with preeclampsia and mild sleep-disordered breathing receives CPAP treatment for the sleep condition, compared with not receiving the treatment. Fetal movements are a positive sign of the fetus’s well-being. “What would otherwise have been considered clinically unimportant or minor ‘snoring’ likely has major effects on the blood supply to the fetus, and that fetus in turn protects itself by reducing movements,” study researcher Colin Sullivan, Ph.D., of the University of Sydney, explained in a statement. “This can be treated with readily available positive airway pressure therapy and suggests that measurement of fetal activity during a mother’s sleep may be an important and practical method of assessing fetal well-being.”Read More…
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Treating Sleep-Disordered Breathing In Pregnant Women Could Improve Fetal Health: Study

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