Mercy’s Dr. Robert Atlas, OB/GYN, Discusses Sleep Apnea’s Impact on Mother and Baby
A recent Canadian study reveals that sleep apnea can be unhealthy for a pregnant woman and her baby.
According to Dr. Robert Atlas, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mercy, Family Childbirth and Children’s Center, sleep apnea that's untreated deprives not just the mother but the unborn child of oxygen.
"So what you would theorize, based on this study, is that this fetus will then grow up to have different types of complications like diabetes, obesity and weight issues themselves and have something called the metabolic syndrome, which is associated with a number of different factors," Dr. Atlas said.
The study involved only animals, so more research needs to be done. Sleep apnea devices like the CPAP or BPAP can help to treat it.
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