Assumption: Bed Rest will prevent premature birth.
Although more studies are needed, current findings show no evidence that bed rest prevents premature birth.
My Views: My suspicion is that bed rest per se is not going to prevent premature birth. However, I wonder if stress might contribute to the problem. Some women may be working too hard and therefore bed rest would be helpful for getting them to slow down. Other women might be *more* stressed if they are limited to the bed. Finding a situation that is right for the woman involved should be the main goal of the physician when deciding to prescribe bed rest or not.