An investigation into the impact of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea on fetal growth and well-being.
Obstructive sleep apnoea is a condition that occurs when the upper airways collapse during sleep, causing airway obstruction and resulting in low oxygen levels in the mother’s blood stream, called hypoxia.
The study found that fetuses of women with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea were more likely to experience impaired fetal growth in late pregnancy; this suggests that Obstructive Sleep Apnoea may impair placental exchange of oxygen and nutrition to the baby.
Research institution: Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne
Chief Investigators: Dr Alison Fung, Associate Professor Sue Walker, Dr Maree Barnes
Other Investigators: Dr Helen Esdale, Ms Danielle Wilson
Access the report here.