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Maternal Activity Restriction in Pregnancy and the Prevention of Preterm Birth: An Evidence-based Review

MCCARTY-SINGLETON, SIOBHAN MD; SCISCIONE, ANTHONY C. DO, MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: September 2014 - Volume 57 - Issue 3 - p 616–627
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0000000000000048
Prevention of Preterm Birth in 2014

Activity restriction is one of the most common practices used for the prevention of preterm birth. Despite the lack of evidence to support the efficacy of activity restriction, and newer data that highlight potential harms to the mother, the intervention is still prescribed. This review of the literature describes the potential benefits, harms, and efficacy of activity restriction in the prevention of preterm birth.

Christiana Care Hospital, Newark, Delaware

The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: Anthony C. Sciscione, DO, MD, Christiana Care Hospital, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Newark, DE. E-mail: asciscione@christianacare.org

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.