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.
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]