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Source: SurlyGirl/Flickr available by CC BY 2.0In my last post, I mentioned that I was on hospitalized bedrest for 7 weeks.  I am often asked how I survived laying in a hospital room for that long.  Here are some things that I did to pass the time:

  1. Handheld Yahtzee or Any other Handheld Game:  This saved me!  I cannot tell you how many hours I spent playing handheld Yahtzee.  It was also a great way to distract myself when I had to be on the monitors for a long time.
  2. A Movie Company that Delivers: I signed up for Netflix and they delivered right to the hospital that I was at.  I watched Season 1 of Sex and the City while I was in the hospital.  I know, I never saw it!  I could watch the DVD’s right on my laptop but some hospitals will provide you with a DVD player.  You can also get a portable DVD player pretty cheaply nowadays.
  3. A Laptop: This was key for me.  It allowed me to stay in touch with all of my family and friends and I was also able to connect with other people on bedrest.  Some hospitals will even let you borrow one.
  4. Crafts: I will admit that I’m not exactly Suzie Homemaker but I did manage to make a few bracelets while I was in the hospital.  If you can knit, crochet, or even scrapbook, this is a great way to pass the time.
  5. Watch TV: I enjoyed watching Ellen, Oprah, funny sitcoms, Grey’s Anatomy, etc… I tried to stay away from anything too sad.  Ellen always managed to make me laugh.
  6. Read: This one seems obvious but I have to say that I had trouble getting through even 1 book while I was in the hospital.  This comes from a woman who can read a book in about 2 days!  Oh, and I’m also a reading teacher!  Anyway, my attention span was so short while I was in the hospital that I actually enjoyed reading trashy magazines more.
  7. Visit with Friends and Family: This was the best way that I spent my time.  I actually had a few friends who visited on a regular basis and that was the best.  I always looked forward to them coming to see me.  Some days, it was the only thing that kept my sanity and got me through the day.

I won’t lie to you, bedrest is really hard.  There are days that you will cry and I found late at night to be the worst.  That’s normal.  Hopefully, some of my ideas will get you through.  I’d also love to hear your bedrest suggestions.

If you are currently on bedrest or have been on bedrest, what did you do to pass the time?



  1. Kimberly, thanks so much for sharing! If we decide to have another baby, I’ll most likely spend weeks on bedrest…so I appreciate your honesty!

    Melissa 🙂

  2. I was not on bedrest that long but i was for 2 and a half weeks and it was probably the longest 2 weeks of my life but in the end its all worth it… i wish my body could have been on it longer to give my baby girl a little more time in the womb…. o well she is ok and thats the most important thing..


  3. I spent my weeks on bed-rest crocheting baby bonnets and hats. By the time I delivered I had made over 50 of em. I also watched a really great hilarious show of an old lady giving sex advice. I can not remember her name for the life of me, but when it was like 1am and I couldn’t sleep for anything, she would make me laugh so hard. It was exactly what I needed.

    • Amy,
      I am now on bedrest trying desperately to hold my babyboy in as long as I possibly can. I laughed when I read your post because I know the name of the lady from the show about sex. Last year when I was in the hospital for a while I found this to be entertaining too. Her name is Sue Johanson.

  4. I remember those days well, I was on hospital bedrest for 7 weeks, my daughter ended up being born at 25 weeks. I did all the above but what i did also was start a journal…I would write a bit each day as i chatted to bub…this continued on after she was born & turned into 4 journals! which documented the journey but I hope one day to pass them onto her to read

  5. I spent 3 weeks on hospitalized bedrest. Doctors put me on Mag (Magnesium Sulfate) to stop my contractions. One of the side effects are blurred vision. I LOVE to read but couldn’t get through a page without my eyes going blurring. Same with watching a TV show or movie. So, I’d listen to LOTS of upbeat music and just “listen” to TV shows/movies. My MIL taught me how to crochet, which I think saved my sanity! LOL

    Our hospital also had a Reiki therapist. I loved when she’d come to visit! She was the only reason I slept during my hospital stay. She’d always relax me into a nap. Soooo soothing. All hospitals should have one! 🙂

    I, too, remember the endless nights of crying. Mostly because I had a little one at home which I had a hard time not being with.

    You shared some wonderful ideas to stay sane while on bedrest. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Many Blessings….

    Proud Mommy of 28 weeker 🙂

  6. I was on hospital bed rest just under a month and it was the hardest month i could have ever imagine. I was luckily enough to be able to shower daily so I came up with a routine around that made life a little easier. I would have my good days and bad- the last week on bed rest was my lowest point in which i was begging the doctors to let me go home and continue to rest there but thankful that i didn’t because i probably wouldn’t have made it back in time for my son to be delivered safely. Staying busy is key. Due to either a rupture or damage to the placenta- I ended up having my son at 27/5 days. It was just his time to come- no matter how long i was on bed rest.

    Mommy of a 27/5 weeker. Little Bobby is my little angel- getting stronger everyday.

  7. I’m on bed rest right now. I started leaking amniotic fluid 3 weeks ago at 26/5. These last 3 weeks I’ve been watching Law & Order marathons, playing games on Facebook and keeping up with my friends. Also, I have a Netflix account so I can watch movies on my laptop. Thank goodness for a cell phone and texting so I can communicate with my family that doesn’t use Facebook.
    I also started a journal so my son can appreciate the time we spent together here.

    Finally, since I’m 2 1/2 hrs from home, it’s nice to have a sister that visits 3x/week and my husband and others come down every weekend. I’m just so happy to have 3 weeks down and only 6 more to go…

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