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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Bed Rest in Singleton Pregnancies for Preventing Preterm Birth

Description of Resource: 
Bed rest at home or in hospitals is widely used as the first step of treatment in preventing preterm birth. This systematic review aimed to evaluate the effect of prescribed bed rest for preventing preterm birth in high-risk pregnant women. It identified 2 studies, but only 1 study of 1,266 women provided data on singleton pregnancies. It found no evidence either supporting or refuting the use of bed rest to prevent preterm birth. Future trials should evaluate the effectiveness of bed rest to prevent preterm birth.

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Review
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Maternal, Infant, and Child Health
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Sosa CG, Althabe F, Belizán JM, Bergel E. Bed rest in singleton pregnancies for preventing preterm birth. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2015 [cited 2018 Feb 28];(3). Art. No.: CD003581. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD003581.pub3. Available from: