Pelvic Rest

Pelvic rest is sometimes recommended for women when:

  • The placenta is partially or completely covering the opening of the cervix (placenta previa).

  • There is bleeding between the uterine wall and the amniotic sac in the first trimester (subchorionic hemorrhage).

  • The cervix begins to open without labor starting (incompetent cervix, cervical insufficiency).

  • The labor is too early (preterm labor).

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Do not have sexual intercourse, stimulation, or an orgasm.

  • Do not use tampons, douche, or put anything in the vagina.

  • Do not lift anything over 10 pounds (4.5 kg).

  • Avoid strenuous activity or straining your pelvic muscles.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF: 

  • You have any vaginal bleeding during pregnancy. Treat this as a potential emergency.

  • You have cramping pain felt low in the stomach (stronger than menstrual cramps).

  • You notice vaginal discharge (watery, mucus, or bloody).

  • You have a low, dull backache.

  • There are regular contractions or uterine tightening.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

You have vaginal bleeding and have placenta previa.