Many believe that bed rest is unnecessary in most situations, but what about when it is necessary? Doctors who feel that it is best to put some of their pregnant patients on bed rest, Surrogates and Intended Mothers alike, are speaking out against the controversy that it is unnecessary, especially for those patients that they consider “high-risk” or “at-risk.”
A million pregnancies a year are classified as “high-risk” or “at-risk.” And 70 percent of these women will be put on bed rest at some point. Even though there is some controversy surrounding the benefits of bed rest, it continues to be prescribed because many physicians believe, based on their experience with their patients that it works in preventing preterm labor. Their reasoning is that bed rest:
- Takes pressure off your cervix
- Reduces the strain on your heart and improves blood flow to your kidneys, which helps eliminate excess fluids
- Increases circulation to your uterus, providing additional oxygen and nutrients to your baby
- Minimizes the level of catecholamines in your bloodstream — the stress hormones associated with adrenaline and dopamine that can trigger contractions
But for many, the jury is still out…as there are complications that arise when ordering bed rest, such as backaches, hip and muscle pain, headaches, muscle loss, and depression.
Your best bet is to speak to your doctor to determine what is best for you and the baby that you are carrying. Do you, as an Intended Mother or Surrogate, feel that this applies to you? Read more here.