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Sleep-Disordered Breathing Affects Pregnancy Outcomes, Study Finds

Update Date: Jul 10, 2014 07:47 AM EDT

Sleep-Disordered Breathing may be associated with unfavorable pregnancy outcomes, according to a new research. 

Researchers considered 188 women and assessed the prevalence and trend of SDB and its effect on the pregnancy outcomes. 

They found a dose-dependent relationship between the severity of SDB in early pregnancy and the risk of developing gestational diabetes. 

Researchers also noted that among women with moderate or severe SDB in early pregnancy, the adjusted odds ratio for developing gestational diabetes was 3.6. 

Researchers did not find any association between SDB exposure in early or late pregnancy and any of the other adverse pregnancy outcomes. 

"This study suggests a dose-dependent relationship between SDB exposure in early pregnancy and the subsequent development of gestational diabetes," the authors wrote in the study. 

The research has been published in the June issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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