Every pregnancy is different. Even if this is your second pregnancy this one can be completely different than your first one. While everyone hopes that they can stay active and healthy during their pregnancy sometimes that is not the case. Sometimes you need to do what’s best for you and your baby and that means that your doctor will put you on bed rest. Bed rest can be two words you do not want to hear during your pregnancy but if that means you and your little one are going to be healthy, it is worth it. If you have been placed on bed rest keep reading to discover ten things you should know about it.
10 Listen To Your Doctor
Even though it is your body and you think you know your limits, you need to listen to your doctor when it comes to being on bed rest. This means if they say you cannot be up and out of bed for longer than a set time frame you need to listen and make sure you are staying in that time frame. Your doctor spends years studying to learn the information they did about pregnancy. They have you and your baby’s best interest in mind so make sure you are following their guidelines.
9 Ask Questions
It can be hard to believe, but being on bed rest can be different for each woman due to her pregnancy. So if your doctor has told you that you need to be on bed rest you need to make sure you know exactly what that means. Ask follow up questions such as: are you allowed to be out of bed at all? Can you lift things up? Are you able to walk up and down stairs? What specific benefits are there for your baby? The more questions you ask the more you are going to be able to understand what you can and cannot do on bed rest.
8 There Is Difference Between Bed Rest And Pelvic Rest
Though women can be on both bed rest and pelvic rest these two rest are different from each other. According to MayoClinic.org, bed rest is when you are to relax your body and the pressures you put on it every day. Pelvic rest is when you stop activists directly related to your pelvic such as sex, using a tampon, and even squatting.
Though you may be on both kinds of rest, make sure you talk to your doctor about what rest you need exactly when it comes to your pregnancy.
7 Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
One of the toughest things you have to accept when you are bedridden is that you need to rely on others to help with daily tasks. But asking for help can be hard at times, so just realize that everyone is there to support you and want to help you. People are going to be happy you are taking it easy and letting them help. And asking for help doesn’t mean that you are a failure, it means you acknowledge that there is something you can’t do and need assistance with.
6 Make Self-Care A Priority When On Bed Rest
While on bed rest your days can blend together. So if you are placed on bed rest make sure to make self-care a priority and self-care is not just about your body, but also your mind too. Being bedridden allows you to take time to read books you’ve been brushing off and can be a great time to learn something new.
As for your body, this can be a time where you can do face masks, paint your nails, and even take bubble baths and enjoying being pampered before the baby arrives.
5 Do Small Activities On Bed Rest
Not being able to work out or even going for a walk around the neighborhood can be difficult. But there are some small activities that you can do that can still help you stay a little active. AmericanPregancy.org states that there are some activities that you can do on bed rest such as squeezing a stress ball, pushing your feet against the footboard, and turning your arms and feet in small circular motions. Of course, before you do any exercise to talk to your doctor beforehand before you do anything listed.
4 Bed Rest Can Help Your And Your Baby’s Health
Although you know that bed rest is necessary for you and your baby’s health, you might not know what exactly bed rest can help with. WebMD.com has reported that bed rest can help you and your baby if you have high blood pressure vaginal bleeding from placenta previa or abruption.
Bed rest can help ease those conditions for worsening and can help avoid premature labor. Remember bed rest is to make sure that your body is taking it easy before the baby arrives, so try to take a deep breathe since your doctor knows what they are doing.
3 There Can Be Side Effects Of Being On Bed Rest
Bed rest is a time when you are supposed to be taking it easy and letting your body rest. But there can be side effects that come along with being bedridden. MayoClinic.org has shown that there can be some side effects of bed rest such as blood clots, decreased bone mass, depression, and anxiety. If you are feeling any pain during bed rest make sure you call and talk to your doctor. Remember too that your mental health is important, talk to your spouse, a friend, or even a therapist to discuss any feelings of anxiety or depression you have.
2 Eat Healthy And Stay Hydrated
Being bedridden means that you are not moving and burning of the same amount of energy you did before. This means that you are going to want to be eating healthy throughout the pregnancy. So don’t let your cravings lead you to only fast food, instead think about the food you want to nourish you and your baby.
Eating healthy can also help you stay fit even if you cannot go out and workout. Also, make sure that when you are on bed rest you are staying hydrated. Your body needs water to function and this is important since you are developing a new life.
1 The Best Position For Bed Rest
When you are on bed rest you are going to want to be laying in a specific way to help you and your baby regain your health. The best position for bed rest, according to the AmericanPregancy.org, is to rest on your side, with your knees bent and to have a pillow between your knees to help reduce pressure on your hips or to lay down on your back with your legs raised above your heart. But we do recommend that you double-check with your doctor to make sure this is best for you and your situation.