It’s one of those studies that makes you scratch your head and go, “HUH?” Not at all like those DUH studies about the dangers of smoking while pregnant or how bad it is to be a pregnant anorexic (or anorexic anything, for that matter). But this one made me do a double take.
According to the latest research published in the journal, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and featured on Examiner.com, the often-prescribed bed rest during pregnancy (usually for riskier or troubled pregnancies) doesn’t actually do anything to help prevent preterm delivery. In fact, it might actually make the risk of prematurely going into labor worse.
Wait, what? How does staying in bed and off your feet push you into an early delivery?
What researchers found was that 37 percent of women who were prescribed “activity restriction” — and followed the precautions — went into labor anyway. But only 17 percent of women who didn’t stay off their feet or in bed experienced an early labor.
Doctors admit that they’re not totally sure why, and they’ve called for more studies to be done to look into this further.
The Examiner.com article goes on to say, “In a separate review of past studies that failed to support bed rest, a trio of obstetricians and ethicists at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, went a step farther: They said it’s not ethical to keep prescribing bed rest.”
::Were you ever on bed rest? Did it help? Did you have an early pregnancy anyway? Tell me your story in the comments!::
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