Here’s another not too surprising study revealing that women with gestational diabetes during pregnancy have 7 times increased risk of having obstructive sleep apnea compared to women without gestational diabetes. There are also many other studies linking preeclampsia (dangerous high blood pressure during pregnancy) with obstructive sleep apnea. Gaining significant weight during pregnancy can tip you over the edge for sleep apnea, especially if you’re already at risk. I predict that there will be studies in the future that show that screening for and treating obstructive sleep apnea routinely during pregnancy can significantly lower pregnancy related complications. CPAP is already being used in Australia successfully to treat preeclampsia. It’s only a matter of time before we start doing the same here in the United States.
If you are a woman that had either gestational diabetes or preeclampsia during pregnancy, how many of you now have a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea?