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Surviving Bedrest: Things to Do

As you can see I’ve been thinking a lot about bedrest lately.  It was only five months ago that I was on bedrest, and I now have a friend that I’m helping who is facing a couple of months of bedrest because of preeclampsia.  I hope that I never forget what it was like so that I will always be eager to help others in the same situation.

My first week of bedrest I watched a lot of TV, slept a lot, started reading a book, and wrote in my journal every day.  Not such a bad thing, right? However, I knew that I was facing 4 months of pregnant bedrest and so I also started making a list of things that I wanted to accomplish during my bedrest sentence (I knew I would never forgive myself if I completely wasted 4 months of my life) and things I could do to simply pass the time.  Here are some ideas that might be helpful:

Things you can accomplish while on bedrest: (some depending on the strictness of your bedrest)

-Make a recipe index from all of your recipe books (I went through every one of my cookbooks and put a star by recipes I wanted to try and then I typed up a complete index with recipe name, main ingredients, and the reference, complete with categories and a rating system.  I am loving it now!)

-Learn a new skill such as crocheting, knitting, cross-stitching, painting, writing children’s books, playing the guitar, etc.

-Learn a new language (there are tons of books and CDs that can be checked out at the library, or better yet podcasts that can be downloaded to your iPod or iPhone)

-Type up your old journals for your posterity or write/type your personal history (I have 4 pages full of questions about childhood, teenage years, marriage, jobs, beliefs, opinions, descriptions of society, etc., that make up a great personal history just by answering all of them.  It can actually be a lot of fun reminiscing about your life)

-Keep a detailed record of your pregnancy and bedrest experience (this may be helpful to you if you face the same issues again in a later pregnancy)

-Get lots of sleep (every mother knows that you won’t be getting a lot of it when the baby comes!)

Other things you can do just to pass the time:

-Read comics or jokes from the newspaper and Reader’s Digest

-Get in touch with relatives or old friends through email, blogging, Facebook, or phone calls

-Watch TV or watch every movie that you own

-Think of baby names and read baby name books

-Study and research information online

-Play video games

-Sell extra stuff in your home on ebay or local classifieds listings

-Read all of the books you’ve never had time for

-Make lists (I made lists for EVERYTHING that needed to be done and checking things off was one thing that made me feel accomplished.  Sometimes I even put things on my list that I had already done just so I could check it off.  Yes, bedrest can make you pretty hard up for entertainment!)

Just remember, whether you just survive bedrest or you have the energy or ability to accomplish very much, the very most important thing you can do is take care of yourself and lay low so you can give your baby the best start in life possible.  That’s really what it’s all about.

Afton Mower About Afton Mower

After Mower (UT) lost her firstborn son at 21 weeks.  Her daughter was born a year and a half later at 27 weeks.  The NICU was overwhelming and isolating and it was through those two experiences she was led to found this social hub for parents to find the support they needed. Afton also gave birth to another daughter, born two days overdue after four months of strict bedrest. She believes it is a tender experience to hold a special baby in your arms when his spirit returns to his heavenly home, a miracle to watch tiny babies survive the risks of prematurity and a blessing to hold a healthy full-term baby after months of difficulty and sacrifices.

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