Diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea during pregnancy

Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2016 Jun;29(3):317-24. doi: 10.1097/ACO.0000000000000317.


Purpose of review: This review aims to provide an update on recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) during pregnancy and its effect on maternal and fetal outcomes.

Recent findings: Current OSA screening tools may not perform well in this population. There are some pieces of evidence linking poorer maternal and neonatal outcome with pregnant patients having OSA. At present, there are inadequate data on which to base fetal or maternal parameters for treatment of OSA, and no evidence that treatment in the short-term impacts maternal or neonatal outcomes.

Summary: Further research is needed to help in the detection and treatment of OSA in pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Fetal Growth Retardation / etiology
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Postnatal Care / methods
  • Postnatal Care / standards
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / diagnosis*
  • Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology
  • Pregnancy Complications / physiopathology
  • Pregnancy Complications / therapy*
  • Prenatal Care / methods
  • Prenatal Care / standards
  • Prevalence
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / diagnosis*
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / epidemiology
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / physiopathology
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / therapy*