Prevention of Preterm Birth

Jeffrey M. Denney; Jennifer F. Culhane; Robert L. Goldenberg


Women's Health. 2008;4(6):625-638. 

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Bed Rest and Hydration

Although bed rest and hydration are therapies employed upon presentation to the delivery ward with either threatened or diagnosed preterm labor, no valid data have ever demonstrated either approach to have therapeutic benefit.[112,113] In fact, in two randomized trials involving twins, hospitalization with bed rest was associated with increased rates of preterm birth. In addition, there are other possible adverse outcomes associated with these interventions, including venous thrombosis and pulmonary edema.[113]


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