Does Pregnancy Cause Snoring?

Babies and pregnancy can cause a lot of things for both women and men. Some things that come to mind are joy, pride, and excitement.

However, many pregnant women find themselves snoring by their third trimester. Is pregnancy the culprit? If so, could it have a negative impact on the health of the baby as well as the woman? Keep reading to find out.

How Pregnancy Causes Snoring
It’s no secret that pregnancy makes you gain weight. Some women gain more weight than others, but all women gain weight during this time nonetheless.

You may not be overweight, especially considering the circumstances, but you are heavier than what your body is used to. This can essentially give you some of the same problems that someone who is overweight might have. Snoring is one of those problems. Let me explain.

All of that new weight has to go somewhere. No, it doesn’t all go straight to the baby although I know many women who wish it worked that way. Unfortunately, some of that weight is bound to end up in the neck area.

This can cause snoring the same way that excess fat tissue can. The extra weight puts pressure on the airway when you are in any kind of laying position whether you are sleeping or not.

This causes your airway to become smaller. When your airway is constricted you are more likely to snore. There is one more thing to consider though and that is congestion. Many pregnant women have issues with congestion, especially at night. This does not help. When you combine a constricted airway with congestion you are almost guaranteed to snore.

What This Means For You
Snoring has many potential effects, but several are of particular interest if you are pregnant. The biggest one is an increase in blood pressure. High blood pressure is not something you want to have while you are pregnant. All of the extra weight can raise your blood pressure on its own.

Another concern is blood sugar. It is known for a fact that those who snore often have some degree of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is what can make you a diabetic if left untreated.

Effects on the Baby
Obviously you have your own reasons for not wanting high blood pressure or insulin resistance. They aren’t exactly on the top of everyone’s Christmas list.

Did you know that snoring and high blood pressure can have a serious negative impact on your baby?

They can indeed. High blood pressure, a side effect of snoring, can literally double your risk for giving birth to your baby prematurely or the baby having a low birth weight.

Although both of these things are rather common these days, I’m sure you would rather not have your baby born that way if it can be avoided.

What You Can Do
Since this is a short term problem, I generally suggest finding an anti-snoring device. My favorite is a tongue retaining mouthpiece because it is both comfortable and effective.

You could also consider doing some controlled breathing exercises. You may even be doing them already to make your pregnancy easier.

Unfortunately I can’t really recommend anything beyond those two options since you have two people to consider instead of just one during pregnancy.

5 Reasons Why It’s (Super) Smart for Women to Get Life Insurance—or More of It

One of the most harrowing experiences I’ve ever had was during the sixth month of my pregnancy. My husband was out late, hadn’t called, and I was, of course, angry at his thoughtlessness. But this very evening, he had misjudged a bend in a rural, mountain road—and plummeted off the side of it into a ravine, totaling his car.

It was some time before campers found him, unconscious and with a dislocated shoulder, but otherwise uninjured. I was overwhelmed suddenly—even though my husband was going to be fine—with the prospect of managing the future costs of raising a child without him. But there was a catch to this epiphany: I was the breadwinner of the family. If I was worried about losing him, what if he lost me? I talked to an insurance agent and secured policies for both myself and him.

My story could be anyone’s story. And women, in particular, tend to have less life insurance coverage than men. So here’s why it’s a good idea to take stock:

1. Women increasingly are the primary breadwinners and even sole providers for families. Whether you’re earning more than your spouse or you don’t have a spouse, your income is critical to providing the most basic of needs to your family, whether that family involves kids you’re raising, aging parents or a special-needs sibling you’re caring for. Life insurance ensures that whomever depends on your livelihood can continue to do so even after (heaven forbid) something happens to you.

2. Stay-at-home moms need protection, too. Don’t discount the value you provide as the manager of the household. Life insurance provides much needed funds when an overwhelmed spouse or other caregiver suddenly has to find help to care for the kids, manage a household or needs to take a significant amount of time off to stay with them. Watch the Virgen’s story if you have any doubt.

3. Women often pay less for insurance—or get more coverage for the same amount. Because women have a longer average life expectancy than men, that in turn brings the cost of life insurance down for women. Also keep in mind that the younger and healthier you are, the less it will cost you. For example, a healthy 30-year-old can get $250,000 of coverage in the form a 20-year level term life insurance policy for about $13 a month.

4. Mompreneurs and those who work part time need coverage too. Women often run home-based businesses or work part time while also raising children. They should also consider their need life insurance because, while they may not be the main breadwinner, their income supports the family and will be sorely missed if something were to happen.

5. Women’s situations can change. Just when you think you’ve gotten your life insurance needs all taken care of, you might experience more additions to your family, or close down a business, or go through a divorce, or a family member might need your active support in the future. Is your insurance up-to-date with your changing needs?

Remember, an insurance agent will sit down with you free of charge to go through your needs and help you find coverage that fits your budget, which is key! If you don’t have an agent, here are some tips on finding the right fit and then searching by ZIP code with the Agent Locator. Don’t wait for that crisis moment, the way we nearly did!

Where to Start with a Fixer-Upper

When you buy a fixer-upper, you know that there will be hours of work ahead. But it can be hard to know where to start. Not everyone is born a Joanna Gaines — the design mastermind behind HGTV’s Fixer Upper — but that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a dilapidated dwelling. Here’s a handy list of initial steps to ensure that your DIY approach to home-ownership is a success.

Get Familiar With Work Permits

Fees and requirements vary, but chances are, you’ll need to contact your municipality about getting a work permit for your fixer-upper. Every municipality has its own rules about what requires a permit. Generally, you’ll need a permit for larger projects like replacing siding or a load-bearing walls. Smaller projects, such as painting or updating flooring, usually don’t require municipal permission. In general, though, it’s a good idea to check with the city or a local contractor that will be familiar with the rules before you embark on a major project. Skipping the permit can lead to fines or even impede any loan you’ve taken out to pay for renovations.

Take a Foundational Approach

The largest, potentially most-expensive project is right under your feet: the foundation. To give your foundation a check-up, survey the inside and outside of your house. Are your walls cracking or bulging? Do your doors jam against the floor when you’re opening and closing them? From the outside, can you see any cracks or chipping concrete in the foundation? Foundational flaws can lead to water leaks, drafts, or larger safety issues. If you aren’t sure what to make of what you’ve seen, contact a professional before your renovations get too far.

Check the Roof

After surveying the basement area, head up to the rooftop. Shingles need to be replaced every 15 to 30 years and require regular inspection — about twice a year. Look for missing or damaged shingles, which can be curled or losing granules. Even if they look ok, head into your attic to make sure they aren’t hiding a failing roof or water damage. In the attic, check for moldy insulation and water stains.

Hire a Home Inspector

Maybe you trust your judgment, when it comes to foundations, electrical systems, plumbing, and roofing. If so, skip to the next tip. But if you’ve checked the roof and the foundation and don’t trust your judgment, a professional Home Inspector should be able to give you peace of mind. Yes, you should have called an inspector before you bought the house. But now that the keys are in your hand, it’s always a good idea to have the professional opinion of an expert. He or she can also help you prioritize the home’s most pressing repair needs.

Make an Interior Plan

Which brings us to the next step: planning. Want to knock down any walls? Are you refinishing that wood flooring? Does the tub need replacing? Make an inventory of what projects you want to get done, noting which projects you’ll be doing yourself and which require a contractor. With your prioritized list, you can make yourself a timeline.

Contact Several Contractors

There’s only one thing about renovations that you can count on: a constant stream of surprises. You can protect yourself from a few of them by getting quotes and timelines from several contractors. That way, if one contractor is doing poor work, has a scheduling conflict, or if you have a sudden problem that urgently requires repair, you have another contractor to call in.

Enjoy the Process

Living in a fixer-upper is completely different from living in a new (or even gently used) home. Construction projects and remodeling might make half your home uninhabitable for months at a time. Your bathroom might smell like new paint for a while. But if you give yourself over to the process of remaking your home, incorporating smaller projects into your daily life, inhabiting a fixer-upper can be fun. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your two-bedroom Colonial won’t be, either. So instead of focusing only on the finished product, embrace the state of change.