When I worked in an office, I worked with quite a few pregnant ladies all at the same time. Something must have been in the water, because while I was there for three years, two of my coworkers got pregnant twice, and another girl was pregnant with her second child. One of my coworkers had to be put on bed rest, and while I don’t remember the reason, she said it was awful, boring, and kind of depressing. I asked an OB-GYN for some reasons why you would be put on bed rest during pregnancy, and he had some pretty insightful answers, including that more and more OB-GYNs may be moving away from recommending bed rest for their patients.
Dr. Jamil Abdur-Rahman, an OB-GYN and medical travel blogger, along with his twin brother for TwinDoctorsTV, says to Romper in an email interview that more OB-GYNs are moving away from recommending bed rest for their patients because, simply, “most research has shown that bed rest does not improve outcomes in people that have suffered pregnancy-related complications. What's more, bed rest has been shown in some cases to increase the risk of certain pregnancy-related complications — namely blood clots and depression. That being said, when doctors typically do recommend bed rest, it is for preterm labor, cervical incompetence, threatened abortion and miscarriage, preeclampsia and hypertension, and placenta previa." Here are some more details about these conditions and why bed rest may be beneficial.