Pelvic rest is the avoidance of certain activities that may induce uterine contractions or cause infection.

Pelvic rest may include avoidance of:

(1) intercourse

(2) heavy lifting

(3) douching

(4) tampon use

Pelvic rest may be recommended for a woman with:

(1) subchorionic hemorrhage

(2) placenta previa

(3) cervical incompetence

(4) risk factors for preterm labor

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