New research sheds light on TX pregnancy-related injuries

Expecting Texas mothers may have to alter their lifestyles when a baby is on the way, but most of these steps are relatively minor. Preventing pregnancy-related injuries may involve taking it easy regarding exercise, baby-proofing the home or trading-in their car for something more family-friendly. Few pregnant women in Houston expect that bed rest will be a part of the equation, but for some it is required by their doctor. Every year, about one out of every five pregnant women is ordered to take bed rest of some sort.

One of the main reasons why a doctor might urge bed rest for a pregnant woman is if her body is displaying signs that it is getting ready to give birth when the due date is still far away. Other indications that bed rest may be ordered include pre-eclampsia, insufficient growth of the unborn child, issues with the placenta, a prematurely-dilated or short cervix or high blood pressure. In addition, a pregnancy with twins, triplets or other multiples is also a frequent source of a bed rest prescription.

Interestingly, new evidence has surfaced that indicates bed rest may not be necessary for pregnant women. In fact, it may even do more harm than good in some cases. According to Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, bed rest does not benefit pregnant women. The recent research indicates that bed rest doesn't significantly help the goals behind it, and even many obstetricians admit that they expect few benefits from the practice.

One of the reasons given for why bed rest is still recommended, despite lack of evidence of its benefits, is that there are still few effective interventions for premature births. Births which take place too early form the primary cause of infant mortality. Unfortunately, despite advances in medical science there is still little doctors can do to prevent them.

As the new research indicates, doctors are not perfect. Negligent monitoring of a pregnant woman could include recommending too much bed rest or using activity restriction that is not personalized to the patient's unique medical situation. Negligent doctors or hospitals can be held accountable in Texas if their actions, or failures to act, cause damages to either mother or baby.