I’ve never had problems sleeping. However, since I’ve gotten pregnant, I’ve noticed I’m waking up gasping for air several times a night. Someone told me that is sleep apnea. If I never had it before I was pregnant, did the pregnancy cause it?
Congratulations on your pregnancy. It’s an exciting time in life. Being a mother is a gift. What isn’t a gift is trouble breathing. Waking up gasping for breath is one of the signs of sleep apnea, but it could be other things as well. To find out with certainty, I’d request you ask to have a sleep study done.
If it turns out you have sleep apnea, your dentist can provide a custom-fitted orthotic device which will help adjust the placement of your mouth in a way which protects your airway from being blocked.
Pregnancy and Sleep Apnea
Your body is going through a lot of changes right now. Many women find it hard to sleep during pregnancy even without developing sleep apnea. It’s generally rare for a woman with a healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy to develop sleep apnea.
However, if you’ve developed high blood pressure, preeclampsia, or gestational diabetes you will be at a greater risk of developing sleep apnea.
Pregnancy and Your Teeth
It’s very important you keep up with your regular dental visits during pregnancy. Morning sickness causes many women to vomit, which eats away at the enamel on their teeth. I’ve known women who’d never had a cavity in their entire lives, end up with several fillings during pregnancy.
The easiest time to do dental work is the second trimester. You’re past the tricky (and sickening) first trimester and are much more comfortable than you’ll be in your third trimester. It will help to schedule your checkup around that time.
This blog is brought to you by Lafayette, LA Dentist Dr. Ashley Price.