Maternal obstructive sleep apnea affects placental growth and function


  • Maternal obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with increased placental weight correlating with OSA severity and neonatal adiposity, a lower birthweight/placental ratio, and increased placental leptin expression.

Why this matters

  • Investigations into placental growth function in maternal OSA may lead to better outcomes for mother and baby both at birth and later in life.