9 Pregnancy Myths That Might Surprise You - Myth 3

By Temma Ehrenfeld and Sherry Baker @temmaehrenfeld
November 09, 2017
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Claim #3: If you’re at risk of a pre-term labor, you need therapeutic bed rest. 


Response: False. There’s no evidence that bed rest is effective to lower the risk of pre-term labor, according to the ACOG, and it could cause harm. Bedrest is not recommended for women at risk of preterm labor because it can increase your risk of blood clots, bone weakening, and loss of muscle strength.

The Cleveland Clinic does point out there are some other reasons your doctor may prescribe bed rest while you’re pregnant, including vaginal bleeding, a weak cervix that may open prematurely, and preeclampsia — a potentially dangerous condition marked by swelling, very high blood pressure,  and protein in the urine.


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Janet O’Dell, RN