For most women, bed rest is not recommended. There is no scientific evidence that bed rest prevents preterm labor or reduces preeclampsia risk. Being completely inactive can increase the risk of other problems, including blood clots. If your ob-gyn suggests bed rest because you have a specific medical condition, ask if you can do some activity.

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Published: November 2020

Last reviewed: November 2020

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