Sore Throat at Night While Being Pregnant

A sore throat is a common problem for pregnant women, especially at night or right after waking up in the morning. This can be a frustrating issue, but it's usually fixable. Figuring out the cause of the irritation will help you treat it and prevent it from coming back.

Sore Throat at Night While Being Pregnant

 

Causes of Sore Throat During Pregnancy

Allergies and viruses are the most common causes of throat irritation during pregnancy. If you also experience congestion, sneezing, and coughing, you probably have either allergies or the common cold.

A sore throat can also be caused by a bacterial infection like strep throat. The strep bacteria infects the throat and causes inflammation, redness, and soreness. You may be able to see gray and white patches inside your throat.
 
Acid reflex is another cause of soreness and irritation that affects many pregnant women. Hormone changes during pregnancy can weaken the muscle that closes the top of your stomach, so acid may escape your stomach and irritate your throat.
 

Snoring and Sore Throats

Sore Throat at Night While Being Pregnant

One common but often overlooked cause of throat irritation is snoring. Many people don't realize that they snore, but they wake up every day with no voice and an irritated throat. When you snore, the tissues in your mouth and throat vibrate rapidly against each other. This is what creates the loud sound as you inhale, and it can also dry out your throat and cause irritation.
 
Snorers are also more likely to have sore throats because they usually breathe through their mouths while sleeping. When you breathe through your mouth, the air rushes directly past the tissues in your mouth and throat every time you inhale and exhale. The constant airflow will quickly dry out your throat, and you'll wake up feeling uncomfortable. This is why often there are cases when people complain, especially pregnant women to have a sore throat at night.
 
You may have never snored before getting pregnant, but pregnancy can cause snoring. Sleep-disordered breathing becomes especially common during the third trimester because of weight gain. The extra weight puts pressure on your throat, which can cause the tissues to collapse and vibrate as you breathe. Also, many pregnant women have swollen nasal passages, which can be caused by increased estrogen levels. If your nasal passages are so swollen that you can't properly breathe through your nose, you'll breathe through your mouth when sleeping and dry out your throat.
 

When to Worry

In most cases, throat irritation isn't a big deal. It can usually be treated with natural solutions or will go away on its own. However, when you're pregnant, you should always be more cautious about getting sick.
 
If the soreness doesn't go away even after you try to treat it, you should speak to your doctor. Even if you just have allergies or the common cold, your doctor can recommend more powerful treatments to alleviate the symptoms. Throat irritation can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious health condition, though, so it's important to get the proper medical care.
 
If you start to experience any of the following symptoms in addition to the soreness, you should see your doctor right away:
 

Natural Treatments

i) A fever higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
ii) Lightheadedness or fainting
iii) Vomiting
iv) Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
v) Inability to eat or drink due to swelling
 
You can try a variety of natural solutions to soothe irritation to inflammation. Tea with honey is great for treating sore throats and for alleviating other symptoms of the common cold and allergies. Gargling with salt water in the morning can help reduce pain and swelling.
 
If your throat is sore because you snore, you may want to try some natural treatments for sleep-disordered breathing. Sleeping on your side instead of on your back can reduce the pressure on your throat and prevent the tissues from collapsing and vibrating. Taking a warm shower right before going to bed can open up your nasal passages, which will let you breathe through your nose instead of your mouth.
 
Some people find anti-snoring mouthpieces to be very effective. Some of the most popular mouthpieces include mandibular advancement devices, which hold your jaw forward and open your airway, and tongue stabilizing devices, which prevent your tongue from collapsing and blocking your airway.
 
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