Bed rest during pregnancy may not curb risk of premature birth

05/14/2013 | Reuters

Pregnant women who were put on bed rest at an average of 24 weeks due having a short cervix had higher premature birth rates than those who remained active, according to a study in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Researchers suggest that stress and anxiety tied to being bedridden may play a role in elevating certain risks. The study involved 646 women.

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