Morning sickness, fatigue, and unusual food cravings are all common and often anticipated side effects of pregnancy.
If you are pregnant and have recently started snoring, you may find comfort knowing that over 25% of women begin to snore at sometime during their pregnancy.
Snoring during pregnancy not only has the potential to keep your bed partner awake at night, but it may also be a sign that an underlying medical condition may exist.
Unfortunately, pregnancy can be a stressful period of time due to all of the unforeseen events that can occur within the nine month period. You may not know this but alcohol, tobacco and sedatives such as sleeping pills can all cause snoring as they relax the throat muscles. Now that we have addressed some of the common causes of snoring, lets consider some possible solutions to prevent the snoring.
Lets start by addressing the most common cause of snoring during pregnancy – weight gain. It goes without saying that you should not consume alcohol, use tobacco or sedatives while pregnant. However, the occurrence of snoring on the other hand leaves most pregnant women confused and usually concerned. As a result of this excessive material in the neck area, the airway can become constricted and tissues in the airway begin to collide with each other which causes the sound of snoring that we are familiar with.

Excessive mucus production and nasal passage swelling are common during pregnancy due to an increase in estrogen. This pressure will cause restricted breathing which may ultimately cause snoring that did not exist prior to pregnancy. This is perhaps why snoring is most common in the third trimester as the baby has grown to a considerably large size. Stress is often an overlooked factor when it comes to many different conditions including snoring. Just in case, avoid all three as they not only cause snoring but also greatly increase the risk of your child being born with a birth defect. Due to the potential of such a condition existing, it’s especially important to discuss the onset of snoring during pregnancy with your doctor to rule out the possibility of a more serious condition.
In fact, nearly 50% of American women who become pregnant are considered overweight while pregnant. Women who are of normal weight should aim for a gain of between 25 lbs to 35lbs while overweight women should gain between 15lbs to 25lbs.
An increased rate of breathing along with other factors (such as inflamed nasal passages or relaxed excessive tissue in the throat) can ultimately lead to snoring. While this may be true, you should still attempt to stay within the recommended weight range for your body type.

Sleeping on your back will actually increase the intensity of snoring as gravity causes the tongue and tissues to fall back into the airway. They work by holding the lower jaw slightly forward which helps to keep your airway clear of obstruction. Swollen nasal passages restrict airflow and sometimes completely stop airflow through the nose. In other words, the more you weigh prior to becoming pregnant, the less you should gain during pregnancy.
This amount should be even less if you were overweight or obese prior to becoming pregnant. Aside from weight gain, nasal passage inflammation is one of the most common causes of snoring in pregnant women. A 10 pack of these can be purchased for around $5 at your local Walmart, Walgreens, or CVS.

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