Pregnancy is a time of many changes -- fluctuating hormones, physical changes to the body as the baby grows, swelling feet and stretchmarks. It also can bring about a harmless but itchy and uncomfortable rash! The rash, known as PUPPS, happens to less than 1 percent of pregnant women, but Dr. Alquali regularly advises her pregnant patients about their risk of contracting PUPPPS, what it means and how to manage it.
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.