Pregnant and snoring

Many pregnant women suffer from snoring during pregnancy. If you hardly ever snored before or you were a light snorer, during pregnancy you can suddenly become a heavy snorer who cuts down a lot of trees during the night. You don’t notice it much yourself, but your partner does all the more. What can you do about snoring complaints?

What is snoring?

We are all familiar with snoring: a sleeping person who seems to be sawing down trees. Snoring is caused by soft parts in the mouth, throat or nasal cavity vibrating. These produce the snoring sound. Snoring occurs more often in men than in women. Women who snore are often lighter snorers: they produce less sound. But when a woman is pregnant, she can suddenly turn into a heavy snorer. This may cause problems for the partner, especially because he or she was previously not used to the snoring sound. The woman herself may also be bothered by her own snoring because it wakes her up. This often means that there is little energy to do things during the day. This is tiring, because the pregnancy itself takes a lot of energy.

What causes you to snore during pregnancy?

Under the influence of pregnancy hormones, the body will retain fluid. This is clearly noticeable in the ankles and wrists, which often look thicker. The mucous membranes of the nose and pharynx also swell. The pregnant woman sometimes notices this because breathing freely through the nose is more difficult, as if she has a cold. The air passage has become smaller. In itself this is not an unpleasant complaint, but it can cause the woman to snore. Not only annoying for the partner, but also for the woman herself. Some women are regularly nudged by their partners while they sleep to stop snoring. Sometimes the woman wakes up in the middle of the night because of a sore throat caused by snoring. Sometimes snoring is caused by inflammation of the mucous membranes. Snot is present, sometimes accompanied by a bloody discharge.

Lie on your side

A tip that helps is to lie on your side. Sleeping on your back compresses the airways. This makes it even more difficult for air to pass through the already narrow passage. This causes the soft tissues to vibrate more quickly. It is not always easy to lie on your side, many sleeping people return to the supine position after a while. This reversal happens automatically: by turning, the body prevents ‘bedsores’ from developing. It helps if the partner rolls the woman over to the other side. Often a push is enough: a sleeping person automatically rolls over. It also helps to raise the headboard a little. This makes the airways less compressed, even when sleeping on the back. The headboard can be fitted with an adjustable slatted base. If this is not available, an extra pillow can be used. If necessary, the bed can also be raised at the head end by using bobbins or placing books under the legs of the bed.

After birth

In general, snoring complaints disappear after delivery, sometimes within a few days. However, there are exceptions. If the woman has gained a lot of weight during pregnancy, the snoring complaints sometimes persist. Snoring is associated with obesity, and extra weight can cause fat to be stored in the throat. This grease ensures a constricted air supply. By the way, it is important to get rid of snoring quickly. People who snore sleep worse and have less energy during the day. To supplement the lack of energy, people eat a lot, resulting in obesity. Persistent snoring problems can be solved by, among other things, a so-called snoring mouthpiece.
Many women experience snoring complaints again during their next pregnancy. Snoring complaints may also have occurred during a previous pregnancy, while this is not the case during a second pregnancy. This depends, among other things, on the extent to which moisture is retained. Nutrition also plays a role in this. Food with a lot of salt ensures that extra fluid is retained. Other factors are often unavoidable; they are part of pregnancy.

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