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Bed Rest Tips

Sometimes a physician or midwife will suggest that a pregnant woman be on bed rest. Fetal positioning becomes a concern for women aware of the effects of gravity on fetal positioning.

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There are some indications in the literature that bed rest may increase OP babies, but it isn’t universal.

Daily Activities for Bed Rest

Some Daily Activities can be adapted to do on bed rest. Here’s a list:

Sleeping or resting, even in bed rest, on a woman’s left side may be protective of the baby. When choosing which side to rest on, prefer your left side more than your right. Avoid sleeping on your back after the first few months in pregnancy even if it seems comfortable.


O’Brien, L. M., & Warland, J. (2015). Maternal sleep position: what do we know where do we go?. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 15(1), 1.

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