Pregnancy
Resources
Basic InformationLatest News
Moms' Soda Habit in Pregnancy May Boost Kids' Odds for AsthmaDiabetes, High Blood Pressure While Pregnant Spells Trouble Later OnHospital Midwives, Lower C-Section Rates?Breathing Dirty Air May Raise Miscarriage RiskPsychostimulant Use Tied to Placental ComplicationsWeighing Too Much or Too Little When Pregnant Can Be RiskyPrenatal Exposure to ADHD Meds Tied to Neonatal MorbidityProlonged Breast-Feeding May Guard Against Teen EczemaEclampsia Tied to Increased Relative Risk of Seizure DisorderInfo Via Social Media Apps May Increase Vaccine AcceptanceBreast-Feeding Bond Lingers for MomEven Partial Breast-Feeding for First Few Months Lowers SIDS Risk3D Ultrasound Not Accurate for ID of Sex in First TrimesterDoctors Urged to Discuss Cord Blood Donations Early in PregnancyAcetaminophen in Pregnancy Tied to ADHD Risk in KidsRecommendations Developed for Trial of Labor After C-SectionOb/Gyns Warn Against 'Vaginal Seeding' Trend for NewbornsSummer Baby, Higher Odds for Postpartum Depression?Incision Length Linked to Pain After CesareanMore Vaginal Births With Lying Down in Second Stage of LaborWomen Falling Short on Birth Defect PreventionBlack Women Face Double the Risk of Pregnancy-Related Heart FailureStudy Debunks Notion That Epidurals Prolong Labor3-D Ultrasound IDs Late-Onset Fetal Growth RestrictionMaternal Multivitamin Use Tied to Lower Risk of Child ASDAntibody Injections in Pregnancy Might Shield Fetus From ZikaSame Pregnancy Meds Can Cost $200 -- or $11,000Tdap Given in Pregnancy Protects Infants From PertussisStudy Questions Practice of Placenta Eating by New MomsWhooping Cough Shot Works, But Many Moms-to-Be Skip It: CDCHigh Blood Pressure in Pregnancy May Boost Child's Obesity RiskIUD Won't Interfere With Breast-FeedingPost-C-Section Cephalexin, Metronidazole Cuts SSI RateCGM Use in Pregnancy Improves Neonatal OutcomesEarly Onset of Pregnancy Complication May Raise Heart RisksPanic Disorder, GAD Not Linked to Adverse Pregnancy OutcomesDoes Mother's Mental Health Affect Pregnancy?Is an Occasional Drink OK During Pregnancy?Risk of Prematurity, SGA Up for Women on Antiepileptic DrugsCould Folic Acid Fight a Cause of Autism?Researchers Find Genes Linked to Preterm BirthHealth Tip: Suggestions for New MomsMom-to-Be's Cellphone May Not Harm Fetal BrainDoes Immune System Hold Clues to Preterm Births?Clinicians Urged to Heighten Alert for Perinatal Suicide Risk1 in 5 Moms Mum About Post-Pregnancy BluesSuicide a Danger for Some Women During Pregnancy: StudyAnti-Vaccine Info in Pregnancy May Delay Infant ImmunizationZika Hijacks Pregnant Woman's Immune SystemSmoking During Pregnancy Up Among Women With Depression
Questions and AnswersLinksBook ReviewsSelf-Help Groups
Related Topics

Preterm Birth Risk Spikes in Mothers With Sleep Disorders

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Aug 8th 2017

new article illustration

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep disorders during pregnancy may increase the risk of preterm birth, a new study finds.

The California research looked at 2,265 pregnant women who were diagnosed with a sleep disorder, such as insomnia or sleep apnea. They were compared to a control group of pregnant women without a sleep disorder diagnosis but with similar maternal risk factors for preterm birth, such as a previous preterm birth, smoking during pregnancy, or high blood pressure.

The rate of preterm birth was 14.6 percent among women with sleep disorders and 10.9 percent among the control group. Preterm birth is defined as delivery before 37 weeks' gestation.

The risk of delivery before 34 weeks' gestation was more than double among women with sleep apnea and nearly double among those with insomnia, according to the study.

It was published Aug. 8 in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Treating sleep disorders could help reduce the preterm birth rate, which stands at about 10 percent in the United States, higher than most other developed countries, according to the University of California, San Francisco researchers.

They were surprised that fewer than 1 percent of pregnant women were diagnosed with a sleep disorder. The researchers said it appears only the most severe cases were identified.

"It's likely that the prevalence would be much higher if more women were screened for sleep disorders during pregnancy," study senior author Aric Prather, an assistant professor of psychiatry, said in a university news release.

"What's so exciting about this study is that a sleep disorder is a potentially modifiable risk factor," added lead author Jennifer Felder, a postdoctoral fellow in psychiatry.

Cognitive behavioral therapy, which aims to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind a person's difficulties, has proved to be an effective treatment for sleep disorders in the general population. It would eliminate the need for medications that many pregnant women prefer to avoid, the researchers noted.

They are now organizing a study to examine whether this therapy is effective for women with insomnia and whether it reduces the risk of preterm birth.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has more on preterm labor and birth.