Preterm labour in twin pregnancies: can it be prevented by hospital admission?

Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1989 Jul;96(7):850-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.1989.tb03327.x.


Women attending a twin pregnancy antenatal clinic underwent cervical palpation to calculate a cervical score by subtracting dilatation from length. Those with a score of -2 or less at or before 34 weeks are at especially high risk of preterm labour. A total of 139 such women were randomly allocated either to receive bed-rest in hospital or to continue conventional outpatient management. No beneficial effect of bed-rest could be identified in prolonging twin pregnancy or improving fetal outcome.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bed Rest*
  • Cervix Uteri / anatomy & histology
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Obstetric Labor, Premature / prevention & control*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, Multiple*
  • Random Allocation
  • Twins