New Thoughts on Bedrest
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|Thu, 07-18-2013 - 9:54am|
Doctors increasingly are recommending pregnant women limit their activities if they are at risk for complications, rather than resorting to the traditional approach of resting in bed.
Remaining in bed for extended periods has long been prescribed for women who are at risk for preterm delivery labor or have high blood pressure, bleeding or other complications. But studies have failed to turn up evidence that bed rest improves these conditions. And some research has shown that being confined to bed can cause health risks of its own, including blood clots and a temporary loss of bone-mineral content.
Bed rest is "not healthy, it's not helpful and it's potentially detrimental," said Michael Katz, chief of obstetrics at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. "It's something I'm staying away from more and more."
Interesting! Has your doc recommended bedrest?