What Causes Snoring During Pregnancy
My husband tells me that, for the first time in my life, I'm snoring at night! I have also noticed a lot of mucus build up. I don't feel sick, and have been noticing this for a month now. Is this a side-effect of pregnancy? - Mitzi, Philadelphia
The expert answers
As pregnancy progresses, the amount of fluid (primarily blood volume) in the body markedly increases. The increase in blood flow that results can cause swelling of the tissues of the pharynx (back of the throat) and increased mucus secretion. This can result in nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, or snoring.
Over-the-counter nasal decongestants can be used for short period of time (1-2 days) to provide relief. However, prolonged use can be associated with rebound symptoms that may be worse. Saline nasal drops can be used and are completely safe during pregnancy and are not associated with rebound symptoms.
The snoring will most likely resolve in the few weeks following delivery as fluid levels return to normal. Unfortunately, changing sleeping positions will do little to improve symptoms prior to delivery.