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  • Gestational diabetes increases risk of sleep apnea seven-fold

    Aug 21 2013...
    A new study found that women diagnosed with gestational diabetes are nearly seven times more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) than other pregnant women.

    "It is common for pregnant women to experience sleep disruptions, but the risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea increases substantially in women who have gestational diabetes," said Sirimon Reutrakul, MD, who conducted the research at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. "Nearly 75 percent of the participants in our study who had gestational diabetes also suffered from obstructive sleep apnea." READ MORE>>
  • Treating sleep-disordered breathing in pregnancy may improve fetal health

    Jan 02 2013...
    A new study suggests that treatment of mild sleep-disordered breathing with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy in pregnant women with preeclampsia improves fetal activity levels, a marker of fetal well-being.

    Results show that the average number of fetal movements increased from 319 during a night without CPAP treatment to 592 during the subsequent night with CPAP therapy. During the course of the night without CPAP treatment, the number of fetal movements decreased steadily by 7.4 movements per hour. In contrast, the number of fetal movements increased by 12.6 per hour during the night with CPAP therapy. READ MORE>>
  • Binge eating causes sleep issues during, after pregnancy

    Oct 08 2012...
    Binge eating or consuming unusually large amounts of food, before or during pregnancy, can cause sleep problems during pregnancy. Those sleep problems can also last as long as 18 months after childbirth.

    Scientists found that women with binge eating disorder symptoms before and during pregnancy had more sleep problems than a group of women with no reported symptoms. They also had increased sleep dissatisfaction 18 months after childbirth. READ MORE>>
  • Poor sleep in pregnant mothers linked to preterm deliveries

    Nov 07 2011...
    A new study in the November issue of the journal SLEEP linked poor sleep in early and late pregnancy with an increased risk of preterm birth. READ MORE>>