Pregnancy Risk: How OSA Can Affect Pregnancy

Pregnant women with obstructive sleep apnea face a higher risk of pregnancy complications, according to a study performed by Brown University.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic health condition that affects 22 million Americans, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. OSA occurs when an individual’s airway becomes blocked during sleep and the muscles of the throat relax and collapse. When the airway becomes blocked, patients gasp for air and are often startled awake.

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