"I read that strict bed rest doesn't stop active pre-term labor from happening (studies show it doesn't seem to alter outcomes) and can actually inhibit circulation to the placenta... so I'd never let them put me on strict bed rest but that's just me."
That really depends on the reason one is on strict bed rest. Some has incompetent cervix and that often requires what we call pelvic rest. This is what most call strict bed rest, although modified to positions in bed as well. It is a long hard road... I did it and thousands of others have as well.
As far as the leg pain, if there is any heat, sudden pain, or shortness of breath...call an ambulance and get to an ER. Do not schedule an appointment for next week with your OB. IF it is crampy pain, it is most likely from immobility. This can be brought up to your doctor at your next appointment. when in bed, try exercising your legs hourly.
at 6:20 PM on Jan. 20, 2010