BedrestWhy would a doctor prescribe bedrest?
Bedrest During Pregnancy
Bedrest is a common practice during pregnancy to help control or prevent some pregnancy complications. Bedrest can differ from woman to woman. Some conditions require longer bedrest than others. The amount of bedrest may range from simple resting at home to full bedrest and monitoring in a hospital. Occasionally, doctors will recommend bedrest for the duration of a woman's pregnancy. It is hard to be excited when you need to be getting things ready for the new baby and can't because of bedrest. Bedrest may prevent you from going to work or taking care of daily tasks at home. It is normal and common to be worried about your health and your baby's health. With careful monitoring and doctor supervision, your bedrest should help prevent any possible complications.
Try to greet each day with a smile, follow a routine and make the best of your time. The day can seem lengthy and boring if you do not have anything to keep you occupied. Here are some ideas to help you get through the day:
- Take a brief shower or bath-ask your doctor first
- If possible, put on regular clothes
- Eat three balanced meals and two snacks
- Engage in activities
- Take a short nap
You need to keep a few things near you during the day. Bedrest will lose its benefit if you continuously have to get up to get needed items. If you need something that you do not have, ask for help:
Things To Do While On Bedrest:
- a few comfortable clothes or robes/gowns
- bras and underwear
- telephone and phone numbers
- paper, pencils, and address book.
- any necessary medications
- watch or clockdeodorant, shampoo, makeup, etc.
- brush,comb and mirror
- magazines, books, puzzles, calendar, and craft projects
- laptop computer, if possible
Family And Friends Can Help:
- Small craft items. If you are in the hospital, they may have an activities therapist that can visit you. If your hospital does not offer this service, ask family members of friends to bring you something that interests you.
- Read. Most hospitals have libraries that you can borrow books from. Use your time in the hospital to finish up a book that you have been wanting to read. Have friends or family bring you parenting and baby magazines, or other magazines that you like.
- Mail. Use this time to write to friends and family that you have not talked to in awhile. Put your cards and letters up in your room. Encourage friends and family to use an email service if your hospital offers it.
- Keep a journal. More than likely, you will forget details of your pregnancy. Write down your feelings, thoughts and anything special that occurs. Work in the baby's book.
- Music/movies: Many hospitals have a patient library that you can borrow from. Ask if the patient library has cassette tapes, videos and VCR's to reserve. Your nurse may be able to provide you with educational videos about birth, pregnancy and premature babies.
- Learn: Ask your nurse for information about being on bedrest. If there is a particular reason for your bedrest, ask to see literature on that subject.
- Crosswords puzzles and other brain teasers: These can be a fun, challenging way of passing away the hours.
- Organize photo albums, recipe books, update address books, etc..
Your Other Children:
- Calling your room throughout the week to see how you are and if you need anything.
- Helping in the house with chores, cooking, paying bills, and childcare.
- Visitation is an important way that friends or family can help you. You won't feel so lonely if you have visitors from time to time.
- As long as your children are not sick, they should visit you as often as possible. When they can not visit, talk to them on the phone.
- Keep pictures of your children near your bed. You may want to post pictures they have drawn for you also.
- Encourage your children to talk about how they feel. It is hard having mom out of the picture for awhile.
- If on bedrest at home, you should have someone that can help out with the children and household duties.
It is important that you help the nurses and doctors help you. They will probably want you to keep track of baby's movements, contractions and any changes in how you physically feel. You should be recording how much you drink and eat. If you are not catheterized, you should also keep track of your urine output. Watch for signs of illness and notify your nurse or doctor if you are not feeling well.
Your doctor may prescribe bed est for any number of reasons. Normally he or she has found a complication that bedrest will help with. It is in the best interest of you and your growing baby to cooperate with the doctor's decision and rest to ensure a healthy pregnancy. If you are experiencing high blood pressure, vaginal bleeding, premature labor, poor fetal movement or have gestational diabetes you may be a candidate for bedrest. Bedrest may also help you if you are having multiples or have a history of pregnancy loss, stillbirth or premature birth. An incompetent cervix, early dilation and any type of placenta problem may also require bedrest.
In most cases, you will be asked to sleep or rest on your side, preferably the left side, with your knees or hips bent. The best position for bedrest will depend on your situation and what complication your healthcare provider is trying to address or prevent. You may be asked to lie on your back while being propped up with pillows or lying on your back with your hips or legs elevated higher than your shoulders. Bedrest Discomforts
Even though you are resting in the bed, you will probably experiene some discomforts. Because you are going to be lying down for long periods of time, bedrest will likely cause your muscles to loose tone and make some of your joints ache. Changing from side to side will help stimulate your muscles and relieve pressure. Your blood circulation will also be poor and if your doctor agrees, mild exercise would ensure better circulation. Turning your feet and arms in circles, pressing your hands and feet against the bed, tensing or tightening your arms and leg muscles and massages can help relieve some discomfort. If your doctor allows, a nice bath may do the trick as well.
You should ask your doctor if you have any questions about what exactly bedrest means. Some women can do light activities, while others can not. Some activities that many women question are: cooking, light chores, walking, bathing, driving, exercise and sexual intercourse. It is very important that you not overdo your activities.
There are many support groups that you can be involved in even when you are on bedrest. If you belong to a church, see if they can arrange for a weekly prayer and communion visit. Take advantage of the many internet sites that offer support and advice for other women who are also on bedrest. If you are in the hospital, ask your nurse if there are any programs set up for women to gather and share their feelings and friendship with one another. Comments: Bedrest
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Nextmamimcclintock@gmail.com
677 days ago.
Hey everyone im 22 weeks pregnant and this my 5 day of bedrest. I have 14 more weeks to go til the doctor take the sticth out my cervix beegee
960 days ago.
2011- try doing those online surveys. My fiance spends all his free time at work doing them and makes an average of $10 a night. I know it isn't much, but that's just his website isisgrl13
961 days ago.
hi 2011m. i just started bed rest! god bless you i have 6 more months of this ,,,,it will all be worth it i pray:) hugs how much longer do u have to go? 2011miRacLe
961 days ago.
hi ladies, i have been on bed rest since 11/28/11 & i am going crazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzy i tell u, simply crazy.. I am trying ot find a job working from but its so hard... nataliec
1353 days ago.
Im 32 weeks and this is my second day on bedrest. Doc said for 4 weeks woopi! Any advice other than the info. above? ktpregers
1389 days ago.
Mama~ thanks for the website!! it's great! Mononoke
1414 days ago.
mama2be- I have been on bed rest in the hospital for 14 days now due to incompetent cervix. I, like you, did not want to go. I was on bed rest at home for 2 wks after my cerclage and it did not work. The thing that keeps me going is the fact that I want what is best for my baby, regardless of how I feel. The thing that is keeping me going is having my laptop, plenty of books and other crafts to so. Also, my room has a DVD player, so people have been bringing me movies to watch. I will be honest, there are times when I do get restless and down but I look at my countdown to see how far along I have come. Also, I have had someone with me pretty much all the time so that has helped me from going insane. Stay strong and remember-it's all for the baby and it will be worth it when you hold him/her. :) MamaMeMe
1428 days ago.
Such a great website... forum too! KeepEmCookin.com
Good luck Mamas! I'm only 8.5 weeks have been on bedrest for a week. I go back next week for an ultrasound and re-evaluation. How are you all? LittleAl
1468 days ago.
mama2be-I am on bedrest as well with bathroom privileges only. I feel your pain. I have retro placental bleed, a form of placental abruption and my baby doesn't seem to be growing sufficently. I am at home now but doctor said if I did not follow orders I would be doing bedrest at hospital. Not sure if it is an easier at home. I have a 7 month old that I can't even pick up and it kills me to be here with him all day and someone else has to care for him. Also, hubby and family/friends have been doing housework which is frustrating as well, I do appreciate it don't get me wrong but I hate getting asked 20 times a day where something is or where something goes. I am sure it is cheaper on the purse though to be at home. I have some moments too that I get really down though. mama2b2010
1469 days ago.
HI LADIES JUST NEED TO VENT I AM 22 WEEKS AND HAVE BEEN PLACED ON HOSPITAL BEDREST DUE TO AN IMCOMPETENT CERVIX ...I AM SERIOUSLY DEPRESSED I WOULD PROBABLY FEEL A LITTLE BETTER IF I COULD GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS IN MY OWN HOME WHICH THE DOCTOR SAID IS IMPOSSIBLE I WANT THE BEST FOR ME AND MY LITTLE ONE...BUT IN NEED OF SOME ADVICE ON HOW TO WEATHER THIS STORM I FEEL LIKE I HAVE SO LONG TO GO... roosa
1477 days ago.
My heart goes out to all of you on bed rest. I was on bed rest for 12 weeks with my last pregnancy, and no, it is definitely not a vacation! I remember my MIL saying I was living a life of luxury because others were cooking for me. For me it would have been luxury to be able to cook for my family.. It was truly hard. On bed rest you have plenty of time to worry if you are going through complications. You feel useless, lonely, bored and sore. In the end though it is so worth it. Hang in there!! beth123
1483 days ago.
I am on bedrest because of high blood pressure. Tues. it was 140/100, then by Thurs. it came down to 138/88, but since I am only 26 weeks my doctor said to stay in bed and especially avoid walking for any distance. The heat here is terrible, over 100 most everyday, and I think that may be a contributing factor. You guys are right, though, this bedrest thing sucks !!! I'm bored and lonely and my non-pregnant friends don't seem to understand, they think it is like a vacation....umm, not. Well, I wish you all the best and I hope all of our babies are born past the 37 week mark. gardenrain01
1488 days ago.
I will be 29 weeks on monday with our firsy boy! I have been on bedrest since the end of June and until September 1st!! I will be 37 weeks then! I have gestational diabets and I have to take insulin for it and poke my finger 4 times a day!! My cervix is shortening, and I have had premature contractions for over a month!! My husband is in training for the Navy, he has been deployed to Kuwait for a year! I am all by myself, well I have my three girls but they are not vey much help! quitawhit727
1490 days ago.
Well, ladies. I've been on bedrest ever since March 23, 2010. I will stay on bedrest until March 2011. I have been hospitalized three times. I don't do much but everyone expects me to do whatever they want because I don't work. If I was able to run around, I would be able to work. why don't they understand that? It makes me sick. Well, thank you all for letting me vent. julz
1498 days ago.
mrs~believe me the hospital is not fun either I spent a week there, and yes I got served my meals and didn't have to do anything, but I missed being home, I missed my bed and I just could not get comfortable...being stuck in one room and one room only was so hard. Atleast at home I can spend my day on the couch(once hubby helps me get there) instead of being in my bedroom all the time. BUt your right it is hard to sit at home too sometimes, I have trouble NOT doing anything, like I feel okay, so I feekl the need to clean, I have 4 kiddos at home, luckily my hubby drops them off at daycare and summer care in the morning, but I get so bored being anywhere I guess..I am a busy body put on bed rest!!! mrsLynnessaJ
1500 days ago.
I totally agree. Bed rest sucks!!! i havent been on bedrest for 24hrs yet and right about now i would rather be in the hospital. my hubby is at work and its hard to get good help around here. its stressful!! Baby Story, Bringing Baby Home, 1 vs 100...thats what my day includes julz
1500 days ago.
So bedrest is driving me crazy...I am just so bored I need something to do, I am only allowed up for a bit each day, and I don't have a laptop so my internet time is slim..I have tried to read, but it makes me fall asleeep...but I am sooo tired of sleeping, any advice other then watching the LIfetime Movie Network or HGTV all day?? sunnymom
1531 days ago.
hi bedrest mommies...I was put on immediate bedrest yesterday for the duration of my pregnancy. on sunday I'll be 29 weeks with twins. in the past 5 weeks my cervix has shortened from 4.1 to 2.5cm with some funnelling. I can only get up to peeand shower and have to stay lying down..cant sit up inbed..very hard to type on laptop. comforting to read your stories and know i am not alone. it also drives me nuts that i cant clean up and get ready for the babies...also that i cant play with my 14 month old or take him outdoors..makes me so sad....we have no family nearby to help us...we are tryig to hire a nanny right now to help us out...there is a super nanny website called sittercity.com if any of you needs it. prayers to you all to keep your little ones in as long as possible...hugs sunny mommyof2(ashley)
1533 days ago.
I'm 37 weeks and I have been on bedrest since 34 weeks due to preterm labor.... I am soooo tired of it... I was on bedrest for 2 months with my first child due to severe swelling in my feet and ankles.. Being on bedrest now really sucks because I have a 20 month old daughter and she constsnly wants me to play with her.... Thank god my hubby is z stay st home dad so he takes care of our daughter and does the house work... I just feel soooo helpless that I can't do anything... I am praying I don't have to be on bed rest too much longer..... ktpregers
1533 days ago.
akatherinen, i too came home with only flowers once at 23 wks so I feel your pain. I have a 17 mo daughter now and with her I had to have an emergent cerclage at 18wks then bedrest for 10 weeks. She was born at 34 wks with no complications at all!! I know that it is hard, but just hang in there. The reward is great!! Try to keep a positive outlook and keep yourself busy. I took up crochetting to keep me occupied and made a blanket for my baby. Soon, you will have the precious baby in your arms!!! sasha007800
1538 days ago.
Wellcome to boring bedarrest:-). I can tell u some days it get better. I've been on br for 14 weeks now. I was never that type of person to stay home. So it is a challenge. I read alot of stories about yur condition. In know time you will be able to go off bed rest, as long as you try to lie down on your left side. akatherinen
1542 days ago.
Thank you for your prayers!!! akatherinen
1542 days ago.
Thank you for your prayers!!! laurakay1987
1543 days ago.
akatherinen----Bless you! I will pray for you and your baby! I am not far along in my pregnancy at all, but I feel for you! I bet it is super hard. Just hang in there! :-) akatherinen
1543 days ago.
I am 24 wks and on very strict bedrest...bathroom privliages only!!! I have the support of my husband his mom and my mother but I feel helpless. I feel like a complete bum. Its very hard for me to have these people doing the things I should be doing. I am on bed rest due to my cervix being incomp. its at a 2.6 right now. I was admitted to the hospital last week because it was lower than that but after a few days on bedrest it went back up. I am so nervous and scared...I went into labor with my daughter at 23 wks in 2007 and came home only with flowers. I dont want to do that this time. And I dont want my little guy to have to stay in the NICU. Is there any one who can give me advice on what to do as far as keeping myself busy? How do I feel better about not being able to do stuff around my house??? I am trying to stay positive because I know it will pay off if I do what the doctors say I am just depressed about it all right now.