Side view of sleeping pregnant woman on bed in home Health & Wellbeing 23/11/17

The pregnancy side effect nobody told you about…

This is a side effect of pregnancy that you don’t hear much about. In general most people don’t like to admit they snore but during pregnancy prepare to set your inner warthog free!

Pregnancy snoring can become an unexpected problem, not just for you but your partner and family. It tends to happen later on in pregnancy, most commonly in the third trimester when the raising of hormones Oestrogen and Progesterone cause blood vessels to widen and nasal tissues to swell.

One study, sleep-disordered breathing in pregnancy, reported that almost a quarter of pregnant women reported frequent snoring and this had increased by another 25 percent reporting occasional snoring by the last week of their pregnancy.

There are a few remedies out there that might help a bit but in the main it goes away once baby is born.

·         Aromatherapy  – Diffuse oils such as eucalyptus and clove to clear nasal passages

·         Nasal strips – These help by opening up the nasal passages to help you breath more easily.

·         Don’t drink or smoke -The Department of Health recommends not smoking or drinking alcohol during pregnancy, if you haven’t already these are both snoring triggers so try to follow their advice.

·         Sleep on your side – the NHS recommend to sleep however you are comfortable, especially in later pregnancy it can be better to lie on your side rather than back as the womb can press on main blood vessels, this position can also help reduce snoring.

If you have concerns about tiredness in pregnancy you can find more information here.

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