Sleep is an emerging risk factor for various prenatal complications. Sleep, its duration and quality, may affect the baby. Research is showing that sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, may restrict oxygen flow to the baby and cause cardiovascular problems for the mother later in life.

Low birth weight, which is defined as less than 5.5 pounds, is associated with adverse health outcomes in childhood and adulthood, including respiratory illnesses, diabetes and hypertension. In the U.S., about 8% of babies have low birth weight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Compared to mothers who reported no napping, women who took naps of about an hour to an hour and a half were about 29% percent less likely to have a baby with low birth weight.

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