What is it about?

I analyzed the New York PRAMS data because it is the only State asks about bed rest. I attempted to examine the effect of bed rest on the relationship between the medical and obstetrical risk factors and infant outcomes for a wider population. Although 80-90% of US and Canadian obstetricians prescribe bed rest/ activity restriction for high-risk pregnant women, there is still not enough evidence to support its effectiveness. The current study findings support the notion that bed rest/activity restriction may adversely affect infant outcomes. Specifically, when bed rest is prescribed for high-risk women with rupture of membranes.

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Why is it important?

The current study is significant in providing a piece of new evidence on how bed rest/activity restriction can adversely affect the infant outcome for high-risk pregnant women.


I have selected a hard topic to examine. Trying to convince obstetricians not to prescribe bed rest is challenging. I started the way of providing shreds of evidence on the negative effects of bed rest on maternal and infant outcomes. I will continue examing and providing solutions that alternatives to bed rest.

Abeer Omar

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This page is a summary of: The Effect of Activity Restriction on Infant’s Birth Weight and Gestational Age at Birth: PRAMS Data Analysis, Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, June 2018, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0844562118778976.
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