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bed rest during pregnancy, ask plenty of
questions to make sure you understand the
rules.
Timing.
Why do I need bed rest?
When will it begin? Will the restrictions be
lifted if my symptoms improve?
Position.
Is it OK to sit up? For how
long? Can I climb the stairs? When I lie
down, do I need to use a certain position?
What can I do to help prevent blood clots?
Personal hygiene.
Is it OK to get
up to use the toilet, take a shower or wash
my hair?
Activity.
Is it OK to eat dinner at the
table? Can I fold laundry or do other light
chores? Can I drive a car? Is it OK to do
gentle stretching or other types of exercise?
Making the best of it
Remember that each day of bed rest during
pregnancy brings you one day closer to
delivery. In the meantime, consider these tips:
Get organized.
Make sure
everything you need is within reach - such
as a phone, laptop computer or other
electronic devices, a cooler stocked with
water and healthy snacks, tissues, lip balm,
hand wipes, the remote control, books and
magazines, writing material, and extra
pillows and blankets.
Beat boredom.
Email, text or write
letters to your friends. Organize photos or
start a scrapbook. Knit the baby a sweater.
Read your way through the best-seller list.
Learn relaxation techniques for labor. Plan
weekly menus and grocery lists. Balance
the checkbook, pay the bills and update
your family’s budget. Shop for baby goods
online.
Stay limber.
If your health care
provider approves, set aside time for
stretching or other gentle exercises.
Accept help.
When friends and loved
ones ask what they can do, be prepared
with a list of specific tasks - mowing the
lawn, shopping for groceries, putting
together the crib, cleaning the bathroom,
taking the kids to the park or simply
keeping you company.
Help older kids adjust.
If you
have other children, provide as much
stability as you can - whether it’s a regular
baby sitter in the morning, a favorite aunt
to pick them up from school or weekend
visits from grandparents. Remind them
that you must stay in bed so the baby will
be healthy when he or she is born. Do
quiet activities together, such as reading
books, coloring or watching movies.
Seek support.
Some days will be
better than others. To help maintain a
positive attitude, connect with other
moms-to-be on bed rest. Check for
support groups, bulletin boards and chat
rooms online.
Expect emotional challenges.
Share your fears, hopes and concerns with
your partner. Let each other vent if needed.
If sex isn’t allowed, look for other ways to
maintain intimacy. Take time to kiss, hug
and caress.
If the isolation or frustration of bed rest
during pregnancy is more than you can
handle, consult your health care provider
or a mental health provider for additional
support. Remember, bed rest won’t last
forever. Focus on staying healthy and the
day you’ll be able to hold your baby in your
arms.
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