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Study results: Support for the benefits of bedrest
« on: October 01, 2015 at 01:44 PM »
Bed Rest Can Reduce the Frequency of Very Preterm Birth and Very Low Birth Weights

A study of approximately 200,000 women experiencing a range of problems during pregnancy showed that limited activity reduced the likelihood of preterm birth before 33 weeks by a minimum of 7.7 percent and the likelihood of babies born weighing less than 1,500 grams by at least 15.4 percent.

Past studies on the effectiveness of bed rest have used delivery at 37-plus weeks or a birth weight of 2,500 grams or more as their measures of success. This study recognized that positive outcomes can be measured in smaller increments, such as the age range of gestation. For example, a child born between 34 and 37 weeks is still premature, but the negative health impacts of prematurity will likely be much less severe than a baby born between 28 and 33 weeks.

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Re: Study results: Support for the benefits of bedrest
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2015 at 01:35 PM »
Thanks for sharing this Angela. My personal application of the results is that there is value in tracking and celebrating milestones--that every day and every week that our little ones keep cooking can make a significant difference!