What are the benefits and harms of bedrest for complications of pregnancy?
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Bedrest does not reduce the rate of miscarriage or preterm birth, nor does it improve outcomes in women with multiple pregnancies (SOR: A, meta-analyses). Evidence is insufficient to determine whether bedrest improves outcomes in pregnant women with hypertension. Bedrest during pregnancy is associated with negative psychosocial effects (SOR: B, secondary outcomes in RCTs) and an increase in thromboembolic events (SOR: B, cohort study).
Evidence Based Practice 15(12): 01-02.