There is no greater challenge in pregnancy… well, in my mind… than bed rest. It is something that is, usually, not expected. There are certain cases where you know in advance that is may be or definitely will be a possibility. No matter that case, it is one of the most stressful things an expecting mother can go through. Many people are unsure what to do for you. If you are lucky enough to have a spouse or partner, then you have someone home with you daily to assist you in day-to-day chores.
Another thing that I learned during my pregnancy is that there are different kinds of bed rest. If you are on strict bed rest, all you can do is basically get up to go to the bathroom and back to resting. I was on modified bed rest. Modified bed rest means that you can get up for short periods of time (no more than 10 minutes) to go to the bathroom, make a quick meal, or move around and stretch. Either way, most women struggle to not be driven out of their minds with boredom, the urge to move, and, even worse, nest! Below are my top 5 ways to survive bed rest.
Keep Your Hands and Mind Busy
This is the single most important thing you can do. Being on bed rest is hard. The goal is to keep that baby in there as long as possible! Whether it is playing games on your phone, reading, or binge watching your favorite tv show. I spent the majority of my pregnancy watch Grey’s Anatomy from start to finish, especially once I was put on bed rest. There is nothing harder than being stuck in the same position all day. By keeping busy in one of these ways will help make this time go by a bit faster. Okay, a teeny bit faster but anything helps!
Have Meals Pre-Made For You
Having someone make quick meals for you ahead of time is a godsend. Especially if you are on strict bed rest. If you are on modified bed rest then you can be on your feet long enough to make a quick sandwich or meal. This is a great way to make sure that you are on your feet for a minimal amount of time if you are home alone for the better part of the day.
Join a Facebook Group for Moms on Bed Rest
This is a big one! Find a community of moms-to-be just like you… on bed rest. It is so important to be able to talk with other women going through the same situation. While your family and partner will be sympathetic, there is nothing like talking to someone who truly understands. There are multiple Facebook groups and other online communities out. Look around and find the one that works for you.
Don’t be afraid to schedule visitors… or cancel them if you are not up to it. It is so nice to be able to have someone to talk to, especially if you are home alone for stretches of time. Just being able to talk and enjoy their visit can relieve some of the stress of being on bed rest. Enlist the help of friends and family, if you are not up to setting up the visits on your own. If you are not feeling particularly up to a visit that is scheduled, don’t be afraid to call and explain. They can always be rescheduled if needed.
Disclaimer: If you are on Strict Bed Rest, consult with your OBGYN first! On modified bed rest, you have a touch more flexibility on movement. I was able to get up and walk around for short periods of time (5-10 minutes) as I was able. Sometimes just stretching in bed was enough to make me feel a bit better. Just a little bit of very light exercise can give you a mental boost to help make this period easier.
So, you cannot escape the bed for very long, but you can go places through mediation. You can go to the beach, to Niagara Falls, or anywhere you want. Give all your worries a break and relax you mind. There are plenty of apps to help teach you how to meditate if you are unsure how to start. This was a great stress reliever when I would be stuck in the house for days on end. You can breathe your way into peace and a relaxed state.
I hope that these ideas have given you some hope that this too will pass and you can make it!
What are some other ideas you are using, or have used, to survive bed rest?