Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

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Released February 1, 2016

Don’t place women, even those at high-risk, on activity restriction to prevent preterm birth.

There are no studies documenting an improvement in outcomes in women at risk for preterm birth who are placed on activity restriction, including bed rest. There are multiple studies documenting untoward effects of routine activity restriction on the mother and family, including negative psychosocial effects. Therefore, activity restriction should not be routinely prescribed as a treatment to reduce preterm birth.


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How The List Was Created

As a national medical specialty society, The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine relies on the input of any number of its committees in the development of various documents. In the case of the items included in this list, the Publications Committee reviewed the literature and evidence from SMFM’s published documents for possible topics. A sub-group of the Committee initially developed a list of 10 items that the Committee then ranked for the top five with input and suggestions by the Society’s Executive Committee. The final list has been reviewed and approved by the Society’s Risk Management Committee and Executive Committee.

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Sources

Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), Habeber E, Sciscione A. SMFM Consult Activity Restriction in Pregnancy. Contemp Ob Gyn. 2014