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Lack of evidence for prescription of antepartum bed rest.
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PMID:  22140399     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Antepartum bed-rest treatment is based on assumptions that it is both effective and safe for mother and fetus. However, research indicates, that bed-rest treatment is ineffective for preventing preterm birth and fetal growth restriction, and for increasing gestational age at birth and infant birthweight. Studies of women treated with pregnancy bed-rest identify numerous side effects, including muscle atrophy, bone loss, weight loss, decreased infant birthweight in singleton gestations and gestational age at birth, and psychosocial problems. Studies conducted by aerospace scientists who have used bed rest as a model for the study of weightlessness in space using nonpregnant individuals report similar results. Antepartum bed-rest treatment should be discontinued until evidence of effectiveness is found.
Judith A Maloni
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Journal Detail:
Title:  Expert review of obstetrics & gynecology     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1747-4116     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101278194     Medline TA:  Expert Rev Obstet Gynecol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  385-393     Citation Subset:  -    
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R01 NR003323-05//NINR NIH HHS

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