Mom-to-bes snoring may affect baby

Moms-to-be, please note! Pregnant women who snore have a higher risk of poor delivery outcomes, including Caesarean births and delivering smaller babies , a research has warned.

Researchers from the University of Michigan Health System found that snoring at least three nights a week may influence delivery and a baby's health. Chronic snorers are two-thirds more likely to have a baby that is born below the tenth percentile for babies of the same gestational age (smaller than 90% of other babies the same gestation) compared to non-snorers.

"We've found that chronic snoring is associated with both smaller babies and Csections ," said lead author Louise O'Brien , associate professor at U-M's sleep disorders center in the department of neurology and adjunct associate professor in the department of obstetrics & gynecology at the U-M medical school.

The study included 1,673 pregnant women. Pregnant women can be treated for obstructive sleep apnea using CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure).

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