Ten Tips To Surviving Bed Rest

Stay sane and make the most out of your time while on bed rest


Most women envision their pregnancy as an exciting time during which they will get to experience all the wonders of growing a new life inside them. Lunches with friends, a few tummy touches here and there and time to enjoy that “pregnancy glow”. But a prescription for a woman to go on bed rest during her pregnancy can throw a wrench in all those carefully laid pre-baby plans.

The idea of being confined to your bed for weeks on end can be very daunting, so here are ten tips to keep your sanity while staying in bed. Remember, every woman’s bed rest is different, so tailor these tips to your condition and your doctor’s recommendations.

1. Stick To A Schedule

It may seem silly, but just because you have to stay in bed doesn’t mean you have to lounge around in your pajamas all day. Get up at a planned hour each day, shower and change into comfortable clothes. Set yourself a schedule for each day to ensure you feel like you are accomplishing something each day.

2. Catch Up

Once baby arrives, your free time will be cut back drastically. Reading a new book or watching your favorite television show will take a back seat to diaper changes and feedings. So take the time to catch up on your Netflix queue and the stack of unread books on your bedside table.

3. Build A Support System

Avoid feelings of isolation by connecting to other moms online who understand what you are going through. Being able to discuss your feelings and experiences is important and forums such as Baby Center’s Bed Rest Club connect women experiencing bed rest from all over the world.

4. Accept Help 

It may be hard to relinquish responsibility for some of the things you normally do, but it is important to accept the fact that you will need help with a lot of your day-to-day routines. If a friend offers to do your groceries or a neighbour wants to clear the snow off your driveway, don’t say no. Accept the help; there is only so much you and your partner can do.

5. Change It Up 

Don’t keep yourself locked away in your bedroom. It will help to break up the the monotony if you can go from the bedroom to the living room each day. If you can, set up different places around your home that you can spend time relaxing in. 

6. Work From Home

It may not be an option for everyone, but working from home is a great way to pass the time and stay connected when you are on extended bed rest. Speak to your office to see if it is a possible for you to telecommute and complete your job via phone and email. 

7. Bring The Outdoors In 

Stay in tune with Mother Nature by opening your windows to get some fresh air and keeping the blinds open during the day to enjoy the sunshine. Keep fresh flowers or potted plants around to brighten up the room and your mood.

8. Have A Spa Day, Or Two 

Find out if any spas or salons in your area have massage therapists or aestheticians that make house calls. Get a manicure, treat yourself to a massage or have a relaxing facial. It is important to keep the circulation moving through your legs and a massage is a great way to keep the blood flowing. 

9. Set Up The Nursery

While you may not be able to head to the shops to scope out the latest baby clothes and toys, you can shop for all your nursery needs online. Take the time to research products and find exactly what it is you are looking for, and then have it delivered right to your front door.

10. Allow A Little Self Pity (But Only A Little)

Being on bed rest is not ideal. It wasn’t what you had planned and you are going to have days where it all seems to be too much. Indulge in these moments and don’t feel guilty about them. But once you have had the time to grieve the loss of the “pregnancy that might have been”, try to refocus on the positives and move forward with a happier outlook. 

Possibly the most helpful tip is to remember why you are in bed. You are there to grow a happy, healthy baby and in the long run, it will all be worth it!

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