Will Snoring Affect the Baby?

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,
My wife is 36-weeks pregnant. She generally snores at a medium sound level while sleeping. I haven't told her yet thinking it might hurt her feelings. Her snoring absolutely does not disturb me.

My concern is regarding the unborn baby. Will the noise disturb the baby in any way, say health wise, mental development, his hearing capacity or otherwise?


Her snoring will not hurt the baby. In fact, once the baby is born, it will probably be a comfort, as the baby will associate the sound with the safety and protection of the womb.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.


If you snoring is that bad, you might consult a specialist about using a CPAP machine. A CPAP works by gently forcing air flow through a users airway, thus alleviating snoring.