Reasons and Remedies for Snoring During Pregnancy 

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Feeling a bit baffled with the sudden onset of snoring you’ve been doing lately? You have never snored before. So, Why now? What if we were to tell you that it’s completely normal to be snoring in pregnancy? Almost everyone snores in their pregnancy. Don’t stress about this. It’s quite common.

Being pregnant is probably the most joyful experience in the world. Your body is about to go through several changes. Developing snoring during pregnancy is one of them. A pregnant woman may begin to snore at any stage of her pregnancy.

You might start snoring from the first trimester, but it’s also a common development for most women in their third trimester. Don’t let this worry you too much; there are many ways you can remedy this.  

When Does it Start? 

When Does it Start? 

Everyone goes through pregnancy differently. Snoring in pregnancy is quite common in the third trimester. Even if you were never a noisy sleeper, being pregnant can make you one. If you have never snored before, rest assured it will go away once the baby is born. 

Why Do Pregnant Women Snore?

Why Do Pregnant Women Snore?

Your body is going through a lot of changes during pregnancy. Gaining weight, elevated blood pressure and rise in soft palate are some of the common causes of snoring during pregnancy. But we can narrow it down to several common reasons why snoring develops during pregnancy.

We have listed some common causes of snoring in pregnancy below. To give you a clear understanding of the reason behind this noisy development.

Sudden Weight Gain

You are bound to gain a few extra pounds during pregnancy. You are eating for two, aren’t you? Some of the fat gains are around your neck and throat region. The extra fat puts pressure on your throat, voice box and chest. As your airways narrow, this results in lack of oxygen and difficulty breathing.

This is what causes snoring while you sleep.


Your body is carrying more blood than before, and the blood vessels have to stretch to make room. The nasal membrane also swells because of this, making inhaling and exhaling a little troublesome. The nasal passage is narrowed due to the swelling and the swollen nasal membrane causes snoring during pregnancy.

Increased Estrogen Levels

Your estrogen levels skyrocket during pregnancy. The increased estrogen level causes the mucous membrane to swell in the nasal passage which results in breathing difficulties and snoring while sleeping. Elevated estrogen also causes you to secrete more mucus which blocks the nasal passage and causes you to snore.


You will feel exhausted most of the time during your pregnancy. It’s quite natural. You may feel overtired and slip into a deep slumber. When you are in a deep sleep, you will have less or no control over your body. The muscles around your throat become relaxed and block the airways. As a result, you may start snoring.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a medical condition. Snoring during pregnancy is caused by this. Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing while you sleep because your airways get blocked. You can easily identify sleep apnea. If you are making snorting or gasping sounds in your sleep, get it checked out by a doctor.

Sleep apnea is harmful to both you and the baby.

Common Cold or Allergies

Another reason you can develop snoring during pregnancy is if you get the flu or catch a cold. Both cause a blockage in the nasal passage. Allergies can cause sneezing and blocking of the nasal passage too. 

Ways to Limit or Stop Snoring

Ways to Limit or Stop Snoring

As we have said earlier, snoring during your pregnancy is quite common. The key is not to get stressed about this. As many as eight out of 10 women start snoring during their pregnancy. While you may not be able to completely avoid it, there are certain remedies you can seek.

Trying out the following things might help

Nasal Strips

You definitely have to try the nasal strips. They are quite popular with expectant moms. It’s an over-the-counter medicine which you can buy easily. They are equally easy to use. It’s similar to a bandaid. Before getting into bed, stick it across your nose.

Sleep on your Left Side

You are most likely to snore more if you sleep on your back. This is because your tongue and soft palates relax and cause you to snore. Your heart circulates blood more freely if you lie on your left side. Chances are you will sleep soundlessly on your left side rather than your right.

Elevate your Head

You will snore less if you elevate your head a little while you sleep. Use two pillows or a specialized pregnancy pillow for sleeping. Elevation will help the air flow freely.

Monitor Weight Gain

Keep an eye on the recommended weight gain chart. Try not to gain more than the numbers listed there. One of the most common reasons for snoring during pregnancy is weight gain. Eat healthily and avoid junk and oily food.

Use a Humidifier

A humidifier works wonders in the case of nasal blockage. If you are snoring due to mucus congestion, a warm humidifier can ease your breathing. Once you breathe comfortably, you can sleep soundly.

Say No to Alcohol and Cigarettes

Alcohol and smoking can harm your unborn baby. Not to mention that these two are classic triggers for snoring. Avoid taking any form of alcohol and refrain from smoking.

Do Regular, Mild Exercise

You don’t have to do vigorous exercise. Yoga helps a lot. You can learn deep nasal breathing in yoga so that you can do a breathing session before you go to sleep. You can also do some mild exercise. Take 30 minutes each day for exercise according to your doctor’s advice. 

When Should I Be Worried

When should I Be Worried

In most cases snoring during pregnancy is quite safe. But sometimes it acts as a sign for future complications. Consult you OBGYN if your snoring has increased. Also, keep a look out for the following signs:

  • Chronic headaches   
  • Over-exhaustion and increased sleepiness during the day
  • Unusual swelling in the legs

Consult your doctor immediately if you develop these symptoms. These are indicators to preeclampsia which is harmful to your baby. You may not have it. But it’s better to be on the safe side and get yourself checked out.

Is Snoring Dangerous during Pregnancy?

Is Snoring Dangerous during Pregnancy?

With all the changes happening to your body, snoring is the least of your worries. A little awareness can save you a lot of trouble. Snoring can sometimes be an underlying cause of something bigger. Consult your doctor if anything feels out of the ordinary.

The four most common risks of snoring while pregnant are listed below.

Gestational Diabetes

Snoring can be a sign of gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is common for some women during pregnancy. Get your Glucose Tolerance level tested. Most of the time, GTT goes away as soon as you deliver the baby. But some caution should be taken during pregnancy.

Increased Blood Pressure

Snoring sometimes causes a rise in blood pressure. High blood pressure is harmful to both you and the baby. It’s better to reduce snoring.

Low Growth

One of the reasons for snoring during pregnancy is excessive weight gain. The blood vessels swell and don’t allow the blood to flow through the placenta freely. This can stop the baby’s growth. But don’t panic. This condition is treatable.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea reduces the flow of oxygen to your body. This causes oxygen deprivation to your baby. It’s quite dangerous. If you are making gasping sounds while sleeping, consult your doctor at once. 

The risk associated with snoring may sound scary, but it’s treatable and quite manageable. The trick is to keep a close eye to catch it in time.

When Will This Snoring Stop?

When Will I Stop Snoring?

For a lot of women, snoring goes away almost immediately after they deliver the baby. For others, it goes away completely as they lose the extra weight. If you have never snored before, then you can rest assured that you won’t be snoring after your pregnancy either.

Enjoy the Snoring

If your OB clears you of all the risk factors we have mentioned above, then stop stressing. The main concern is that you are getting enough rest. Enjoy your pregnancy. And enjoy this new chapter of your life with your loved one.


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