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Bed Rest has Down Side for Pregnant Women

There is a lack of evidence that bed rest is effective at delaying preterm births. Nonetheless, doctors annually prescribe it for roughly 1 million pregnant women.

A new comprehensive review of more than 70 evidence-based research articles challenges whether this is healthy. Hospital stays deny women the opportunity to rest in the comfort of their homes, with the support of their families. It is also unclear whether bed rest harms or benefits the baby.

Newswise reports:

“Over time, remaining in a resting position can lead to bone loss and muscle atrophy ... [And] for expectant mothers confided to bed for nearly 24 hours a day, it can also bring on depression, and possibly post traumatic shock disorder as women are left with nothing to do but worry that every contraction could bring about a pre-term birth.”

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