Expecting mothers who are suffering from any kind of sleep disorders like sleep apnoea and insomnia are twice more likely to deliver their babies at 34th week of pregnancy. A new analysis has shown. The findings of the study showed that prevalence of preterm birth, which is defined as delivery before 37 weeks’ gestation period, is 14.6 per cent more for women who battle sleep disorders during pregnancy as compared to 10.9 per cent to the women who does not.
The chances of premature delivery before 34 weeks was twice more for women with sleep apnoea and nearly double for women with insomnia. Pregnant women should treat their sleeping disorders during pregnancy to reduce the chances of premature delivery which is about 10 per cent in US, more than other highly developed countries, says the lead author of study, Jennifer Felder, post-doctoral student at the University of California, San Francisco.
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The study was published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. In the study, the team studied 2,265 women who were battling sleep disorders during pregnancy. They were then compared to those who did not have such issues but had identical maternal risk factors for premature delivery, such as previous preterm birth, smoking during pregnancy or hypertension.
"What's so exciting about this study is that a sleep disorder is a potentially modifiable risk factor," Felder said.
Worldwide, 15 million babies are born prematurely, more than three weeks before the normal gestation period of 40 weeks, each year. Among these, 1.1 million die from birth-related complications while others are facing hearing impairment, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy and other health issues.
Another report stated that maternal sleep apnoea can also increase the risk of birth defects in the new born. If you're suffering from sleep apnoea during pregnancy than your baby may be at higher risk of resustication at birth. Resuscitation is an intervention to help newborn revive their heart beat and breath.
(With IANS Inputs)