Preeclampsia is a disorder that effects 2-8 percent of pregnant woman worldwide. It is characterized by high blood pressure and excessive protein in the urine. It is one of the leading causes of death in expecting mothers and infants, according to Louise O’Brien, PH.D., the associate professor at the University of Michigan’s Sleep Disorder Center. Although it can be potentially fatal if left untreated, but there are effective tests now that are able to catch the disease before delivery of the baby.
The symptoms caused by preeclampsia can sometimes go unnoticed, since many of them are similar to normal pregnancy symptoms, such as nausea, weight gain, swelling, headaches, neck and shoulder pain, lower back pain and anxiety. This is why it is important for doctors to closely monitor woman throughout their pregnancy, especially those in the third trimester where preeclampsia is most dominant. If you are experiencing very high blood pressure, meaning blood pressure gains of over 15 points over the normal levels, that could be a major sign of preeclampsia. Also increased weight gain, meaning gaining over two pounds a week, is another symptom that may indicate the disorder.
Recently, new research at the University of Michigan came out that said that snoring could also be an indicator of preeclampsia. The study involved 1,700 participants and discovered that 25 percent of the woman who snored during their pregnancy had a 50 percent greater risk of having high blood pressure compared to the participants who did not snore.
The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology linked snoring and preeclampsia, due to snoring’s role in high blood pressure. This link is important because it allowed doctors to identify those at risk of preeclampsia and treat the disorder before any problems arise for both mother and baby.
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