Doctors prescribe bed rest for pregnant women for a variety of reasons. The most common threat is premature labor - which occurs in approximately 7 percent of all pregnancies. Women at higher risk for preterm labor typically have one or more of the following complications: multiple fetuses, dilated cervix, previous preterm labor or birth, or previous miscarriages or abortions.
There is no typical length of stay during bed rest. Some women are confined to complete bed rest, while others just have to "put their feet up" for a couple of hours a day. No matter what the duration, there's no doubt that bed rest is both boring and frustrating. The following tips may help:
When life on bed rest seems intolerable, remind yourself that your "efforts" are important, and will likely pay off with a healthy, fully developed baby. Once your baby is born, the trials of bed rest will become a distant memory.
How Common Is Bed Rest?
Each year, an estimated 700,000 American women - roughly 18 percent of pregnant women who deliver after 20 weeks - are prescribed bed rest by their doctors for at least a week of their pregnancy.
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