Guidelines for Obstetrical Bedrest

The following guidelines should be followed by our patients who have been placed on bedrest. If your physician or midwife has given other recommendations you should follow those.

Pregnant woman resting on the couch

Strict Bedrest

  • 3 uninterrupted periods of recumbent rest at <90° (bed, couch, recliner, etc.) lasting at least 3 hours each.  This is in addition to nighttime sleep.
  • House confined
  • Bathroom privileges
  • No lifting >15lbs.

 Limited Activity

  • Sedentary out-of-house work only without physical exercise beyond stretches.
  • When not working, house confined and recumbent 3 hours every 1-hour standing.

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