Study shows bed rest may not benefit pregnant women

During the first trimester, you'll likely still be going about your daily activities - running errands, going to work and taking care of household chores. However, it typically becomes more challenging to do so once your baby bump expands and you feel more fatigued. For this reason, many physicians tend to recommend bed rest to their patients who are expecting. Now, new research suggests that this advisement may not be necessary, according to the Associated Press.

Experts have discovered that about one in five women are encouraged to take time off from work and other daily activities in favor of bed rest, which removes strain from their bodies. However, bed rest might do more harm than good for some individuals and their families. Women who miss work may feel the consequences when they assess their finances.

Three obstetricians and ethicists at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, came together to conduct an experiment geared toward honing in on the alleged benefits of bed rest. They found that 37 percent of pregnant women who scaled back their daily activities had premature babies. Only 17 percent of expectant mothers who didn't adhere to their bed rest recommendations had preemies.

"The data suggest that bed rest does not prevent preterm birth in this high-risk population, but it doesn't definitively answer that question," Catherine Spong, M.D., co-author of the study, told the news source.

Should you rest while pregnant?
Fatigue is one of the most renowned pregnancy symptoms, but what can you do about it when you still have a job and household duties to fulfill? There are a couple of ways that you can combat tiredness while expecting. The first obvious answer is to ask for help from your partner. Don't be afraid to seek assistance when you need a hand with chores that have simply become too daunting.

Next, consider making room in your schedule for moderate aerobic activity each day. Just taking a brisk walk for about 30 minutes can help you boost your stamina and ward off fatigue. Finally, talk to your doctor if you think that your tiredness is becoming too overwhelming. A medical expert can give you insightful tips on how to alter your daily routine to cater to your pregnancy.

How have you fought off fatigue in the past? Were you ever put on bed rest? Leave your feedback in the comments section!