• Rationale and Comments

    Bed rest or activity restriction has been commonly recommended for a variety of conditions in pregnancy including multiple gestation, intrauterine growth restriction, preterm labor, premature rupture of membranes, vaginal bleeding, and hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. However, information to date does not show an improvement in birth outcome with the use of bed rest or activity restriction, but does show an increase in loss of muscle conditioning and thromboembolic disease.

    Sponsoring Organizations

    • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists


    • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews


    • Obstetrical


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