It's common to have trouble sleeping when your pregnant, but the problem might not be what you think.
Doctors say sleep apnea goes undiagnosed in pregnant women often. Some women in our community have this problem, and if they're treated, it could actually improve their health and the babies health too.
"It's just non-stop anxiety once you become a mother and once you're pregnant. You're just always worrying and you want to keep the baby safe. It's always my biggest priority," said mother Kristin D'emlilo.
The struggle to sleep while you're pregnant might not be something you have to worry about if you're diagnosed and treated for sleep apnea. It's most common in people who are overweight.
"Some of the other things that we see that are risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, family history and we're always asking the husbands, 'Hey does she snore at night, or does she wake up frequently?'," said Dr. Kristin DeHaven.
She says some folks don't ask questions about why they aren't sleeping at night because it seems common for pregnant women to have trouble sleeping. However, they could have sleep apnea, and they're missing out on treatment.
One of the concerns is if you're not breathing right, your baby isn't getting enough oxygen. "The risk for that is an increased risk of preeclampsia or high blood pressure problems and diabetes. Potential growth problems, the baby can be grown restricted or smaller than it should be," said DeHaven.
When it comes to treatment, doctors will give you a sleep test first, and then they might send you home with a CPAP machine. It helps with oxygen flow so you can sleep, and your baby gets the oxygen it needs.