A new study has claimed snoring while pregnancy is linked to smaller babiesPhoto: ALAMY (POSED BY MODEL) By Nick Collins , Science Correspondent 7:00PM GMT 31 Oct 2013 Comments In the largest study to date of the link between maternal snoring and baby health, researchers found that snoring for three or more nights per week was a warning sign of both smaller babies and C-sections. Women who snored before and during pregnancy were at greatest risk, with a two thirds greater chance of having a baby in the bottom ten per cent of birth weight than non-snorers, and twice the chance of needing an elective C-section. But even women who only started snoring during pregnancy were still at greater risk of both outcomes than women who did not snore at all, the study found. Snoring could be a warning sign of health problems such as obstructive sleep apnoea, a breathing problem which lowers blood oxygen levels at night, as well as high blood pressure and preeclampsia, researchers explained. The study of 1,673 pregnant women, published in the Sleep journal, found that 35 per cent of women reported habitual snoring during pregnancy. Related Articles
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Snoring sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is reduction or a temporary stopping of breathing during sleep. What are the causes of snoring ? The commonest reason in children is enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids. Septal deviation, lax palate, enlarged tongue, tonsils or nasal turbinates can lead to snoring in adults.
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