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  Case #810 - EFFECTS OF BEDREST ON PREGNANCY

PeriFACTS
Case #810
TOPIC: EFFECTS OF BEDREST ON PREGNANCY
Editor-in-Chief:
James R. Woods, Jr., M.D.
Associate Editors:
Kathryn Flynn, R.N.C., M.S.N.P.
J. Christopher Glantz, M.D.
Deborah Pittinaro, R.N.C., M.S.N.P.


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Learning Objectives for PeriFACTS Case #810:
Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

  • Explain the rationale for bedrest in patients at risk for preterm labor.
  • Describe the physiologic changes associated with prolonged bedrest.
  • Identify critical times in the pregnancy process when prolonged bedrest can offer risk.

INTRODUCTION

Most women on any high-risk antepartum unit are on bedrest due to complications related to preterm labor. Bedrest commonly is prescribed by physicians in order to decrease fetal pressure on the cervix, improve oxygenation to the fetus, provide a period of rest from physical stress, and allow for fetal growth. The debate among professionals regarding the effectiveness of bedrest for preterm labor is ongoing despite a lack of published studies ...
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