Self-reported snoring in pregnancy. Association with fetal outcome

Chest. 1996 Apr;109(4):885-9. doi: 10.1378/chest.109.4.885.


Objectives: To determine the incidence of self-reported snoring in pregnant compared with nonpregnant women. To compare indicators of fetal outcome in pregnant women with self-reported frequent snoring vs those without snoring.

Study design: Prospective, nonrandomized screening and comparison between groups.

Patients: Three hundred fifty pregnant women and 110 age-matched nonpregnant women.

Methods: Survey evaluating self-reported snoring. For the pregnant women, infant birthweight, APGAR scores, and other indicators of fetal outcome were obtained by record review.

Results: Frequent snoring was reported in 14% of the pregnant women vs 4% of the nonpregnant women (Chi2=6.2; df=1; p<0.05). The pregnant women who reported frequent snoring did not have deliveries resulting in infants with evidence of an increase in compromised outcomes.

Conclusions: Frequent snoring is reported more often in pregnant than in nonpregnant women. Snoring mothers do not appear to be at increased risk for delivering infants with fetal compromise as might be expected with the concomitant occurrence of obstructive sleep apnea.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Apgar Score
  • Birth Weight
  • Body Mass Index
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Delivery, Obstetric
  • Female
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature
  • Mass Screening
  • Middle Aged
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology*
  • Pregnancy Complications / prevention & control
  • Pregnancy Outcome*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / epidemiology
  • Sleep Stages
  • Snoring / epidemiology*
  • Snoring / prevention & control
  • Texas / epidemiology