Sleep Apnea During Pregnancy Linked to Fetal Health?

April 28th, 2016

Sleep Apnea During Pregnancy Linked to Fetal Health?

All you soon-to-be moms out there know that having a happy, healthy baby is priority number one. Once your little one is born, Dr. Norton and the team at Lifetime Family Dental recommend you bring your new baby in before their first birthday for their first dental checkup. However, there are other health items to keep an eye on much earlier on, that have to do with the mother’s oral health during pregnancy. According to a study out of Australia, there may be a link between sleep apnea during pregnancy and reduced fetal growth.

While the sample size of the study was small (41 at risk for obstructive sleep apnea and 27 in the control group), the findings were still significant. The study revealed that 43% of the pregnant women who suffered from sleep apnea did in fact give birth to children with impaired fetal growth. This in contrast to 11% in those who did not show signs of sleep apnea. The scientists from Melbourne concluded the study with the statement that sleep apnea “may be associated with reduced fetal growth in late pregnancy.” However, further research is needed.

If you or someone you know is concerned about sleep apnea during pregnancy, or just want to make sure their oral health is in order, contact Lifetime Family Dental today to schedule an appointment today. Lifetime Family Dental is available for urgent dental care in Gilbert.

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