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Words of Wisdom for Mamas on Bedrest

by Darline Turner-Lee, bedrest coach and founder of Mamas on Bedrest & Beyond


Bed rest sucks! No doubt about it. I am constantly amazed and humbled at how mamas on bed rest stay focused, stay positive and stay supportive of one another. I am honored that I get to work with and support such incredible women. The beauty that I have seen is that women on bed rest, after the initial shock and anxiety, really pull it together and make it through. At the same time they support one another, encourage one another and are invaluable resources for one another.

From my experience running a forum of expectant moms on bed rest, I’ve compiled this list of tips to help keep your spirits up and to help you to press forward when your situation is scary and out of control. Strangely enough, this list can be applied to any situation that is difficult, not just bed rest, and I find myself drawing strength from their words.  Here are words of wisdom from other mamas on how about how to survive and beat bed rest.

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It’s okay to be sad.

A common response to bed rest prescription is anxiety and sadness. The moms all agreed it’s okay to be sad. Many moms are very concerned about the health of their babies and sad that there was little else that they could do to make the situation better. Acknowledge the sadness, but then move on. [Continue reading]

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  by Dr. Patrick Hodges I have been caring for newborns and their families in neonatal intensive care units for over 25 years. I have seen incredible advancements, which have had historic impacts on the care and outcomes of these fragile … [Continue reading]

The Journey to Ear Tubes

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Prematurity is the gift that keeps on giving. Even if you were lucky enough to escape the NICU with no lingering complications, sometimes issues will crop up much later that leave you wondering if prematurity is rearing its ugly head again. For … [Continue reading]

Huggies Launches New Nano Preemie Diaper

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This month Huggies® launched their smallest diaper yet, the Little Snugglers Nano Preemie diaper, designed to fit micro preemies weighing under two pounds. Develoed in partnership with NICU nurses as a part of Huggies'® No Baby Unhugged program, … [Continue reading]

Tips to Stay Well During RSV Season

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by Sel Unite, MD, Pediatrician at Treehouse Pediatrics Usually I enjoy a little bit of cold weather here in Austin. It’s a welcome break from some of the almost unbearable days of scorching heat in August and September, and it reminds me that … [Continue reading]