Making the Best of Bed Rest


Why bed rest? Why me?

Bed rest is nothing like it sounds. At first you fantasize about binge watching Netflix, updating your iPod, and reading the baby blogs all day, but then you quickly realize that someone needs to make dinner, earn money to pay the bills, and potty-train your toddler. And it ain’t gonna be you!

Over time, you may feel frustrated or bored, and even angry or scared. You worry about the health of your baby (or babies) constantly, and about your own health. Will you gain more weight than average? Or what if you don’t gain enough? Will you be at risk for other pregnancy complications? Will you have the strength to take care of a newborn after you deliver? The answer to all three: maybe.

And “maybe” is the absolute worst thing about bed rest. Maybe it will help. Maybe your baby will make it to full term. Maybe you and your husband will be, uh, intimate again … someday. Maybe tomorrow you’ll come up with another way to pass the time. Let us offer a few suggestions…

Join our bed rest support group with other women on bed rest or who are at risk of preterm birth, meet us in the Chat Room every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

We also have several boards on Pinterest that can keep you busy:

Peaceful Images for Bed Rest
Adorable Babies
Bed Rest Inspirations in Word and Pictures
Thing to Do with Toddlers While on Bed Rest
Things for Moms to Do

Keep ’em cookin’, mamas!

Learn more about the reasons doctors prescribe bed rest and limited activity.

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