5 Tips for Surviving Bed Rest
Being placed on bed rest during pregnancy isn’t nearly as fun as it sounds. The fact of the matter is that you can go stir crazy if you’re not careful. The first day or two might not seem too bad, but by the time you hit the end of your first week on bed rest you’re going to be really wishing that you weren’t on bed rest.
What makes it more frustrating is that there is some controversy as to how much bed rest really helps out. Still, medical providers believe in it, and around one in five women will be put on bed rest for at least a week during their pregnancy.
Here are some things you can do that will help you make it through your time on bed rest:
- Get as much information as you can. Knowledge is empowering. Talk to your health care provider about what exactly you can and cannot do while you are on bed rest. You might be surprised at what’s allowed.
- Get organized. You’re going to need some things nearby. A telephone and your address book will be handy. A phone book can be useful, too. You’ll want a box of tissues. You’ll want the remote controls for the TV and DVD player. A laptop is especially helpful at getting time to pass. It’s nice to have a mini-fridge with some snacks and beverages. Books or magazines can help pass the time. Make sure you also have something to write with and something to write on.
- Keep a routine. Having a regular schedule also helps you feel in control. Do specific things, like visiting or napping, at a certain time.
- Do some pampering. Use some body lotion. Ask your hairdresser to come and do your hair. If you normally wear makeup, put it on in the mornings like you usually do.
- Keep in touch. Connect with other folks, whether it’s in person, online or via letters. Consider joining a pregnancy community that has some other moms who are going through what you’re going through.
The good news is that, eventually, your bed rest will end.