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Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Pregnant Women Should be Treated

A new study shows that pregnant women who snore due to mild sleep-disordered breathing should seek treatment for the condition.

The study showed fetal movements are higher when women with these conditions received CPAP treatment (continuous positive airway pressure, a treatment that uses air pressure to keep airways open), compared with not receiving the treatment.

One part of the study compared 20 pregnant women with moderate to severe high blood pressure and urine protein during pregnancy (preeclampsia) against 20 healthy pregnant women. After monitoring the women’s fetal movements overnight, researchers found that healthy pregnant women had more fetal movements than the women with preeclampsia (689 movements to 289).

During the third part of the study, 10 women with moderate to severe preeclampsia had fetal movement measured for two nights in a row. The first night without CPAP treatment, the second night they did.

Researchers found after receiving CPAP therapy, the women had higher fetal movement than compared to the women who didn’t receive the therapy.

For more on the study, read the recent post to Huffington Post Healthy Living.

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