Who’s on bed rest?
Majority of women who are on bed rest are doing so to prevent preterm labor. Certain complications, such as gestational diabetes, early effacement, and history of miscarriage, and carrying multiples may lead to bed rest.
Women on bed rest need to take pressure off of the cervix, and allow nutrients to travel to the baby. Working, activity, and heavy lifting can worsen the situation, so bed rest is advised to prevent vaginal bleeding or premature labor.
What is bed rest?
Some women are told to sit as often as possible, while others are confined to a bed all day. The amount of movement you are allowed depends on your doctor and situation. Some women can go about their daily activities without any lifting or bending. Other women need to lay all day except to shower or use the bathroom. And some women are instructed to remain in bed all day, using a bed pan and taking sponge baths only.
Can I exercise?
Definitely. Focus on moving your arms and legs in a circle to prevent cramps. You can squeeze stress balls to release the tension in your arm muscles. Press your hands and feet up against the head board and foot board, stretching them as much as possible. You can do the kegel exercise to prepare for labor.
What can I do to keep myself busy?
Bed rest can be very boring, and you may find yourself going crazy looking for things to do. We put together a list of interesting activities to keep you busy:
- Have your partner pick up a couple of books on pregnancy and motherhood. Moms-to-be never seem to get enough of those!
- Prepare for the baby by researching the best baby furniture, clothes, stroller, car seat, diapers, insurance, day care, baby names, pediatricians, baby registry and more. If you have access to a laptop and phone, you can easily accomplish all these.
- Organize all those things you never have time for – your messy recipe books, photo albums, checkbook, bank statements, etc.
- Catch up on old acquaintances and phone calls you never had time for.
- Start a scrapbook or a pregnancy/baby journal. Once baby comes, you won’t have as much time!
- Now is the best time to learn a new skill, such as a language, computer program, knitting, art, and more.
- There are many online support groups that you can join and chat with women in the same position as you.
- You can schedule your manicurist and hairdresser to come to come to your house to feel really pampered!
Remember, it will all be over soon, and you will have a beautiful new baby to make it all worth it!
All our content is opinion only and should not be replaced for medical advice. Be sure to ask your doctor any questions or issues you may have.