(04-22-2016 09:15 PM)Geniale Wrote: So I'm pregnant and doctors told me that using my CPAP was really important......
Any tips on getting back on board compliance-wise?
Also, any idea how pregnancy affects sleep-apnea and vice-versa?
Congratulations! on the pregnancy, hope everything goes really well.
From what I understand it is especially important to continue CPAP treatment during pregnancy, indeed to use it every night. There are some extra risks for both you and the baby if you have untreated (or inadequately treated) sleep apnoea while pregnant.
There's quite a lot of useful information on the web, including some forums with posts from pregnant women with sleep apnoea. You might want to Google-search variants of 'CPAP' 'apnoea' and 'pregnancy'. For example, there's a useful article here:
So - let's try and help you with compliance so that you can get back on regular CPAP very soon and comfortably continue at least for the next however-many months! You mention a couple of nasal 'annoyances'? and you use nasal pillows. I'd recommend you try a facial mask which would reduce the contact with your nostrils, both physical and the air flow. This will mean you can breathe through your mouth when your nose is blocked, which should reduce the anxiety you describe. There are of course very many masks to choose from, and lots of information about them on this forum. I can recommend the Simplus (very comfortable) - but what suits me might not suit you. You could visit your equipment supplier to try out some facial masks (I don't know the arrangements for 'try and return' for masks in Canada - but some one else on the forum is likely to know and chip in with information).
Itchy skin around your mask might be sorted if you use a liner with a facial mask e.g. the Remzzzs liners (or make your own with thin knitted 100% cotton T-shirt material). Many people have found them useful for both leaks and skin irritation.
As you will know, exposure to medications should be avoided if at all possible during pregnancy but your doctor could help you find a safe nasal spray to improve the stuffiness, even perhaps some (perhaps homeopathic) treatment to help you get to sleep in the first place and so to tolerate a mask. At least your pressures at the moment aren't so high that you would feel airflow discomfort from them.
Please let us know how you get on and if there is anything else anyone on the forum can help with - but for your health and your baby's health, try to keep going with CPAP for most of each night.
My current pressures: Auto-ASV. EPAP 11-15. PS 3-10