Bed rest

I have been put on temporary bed rest and I am afraid that it is going to end up as permanent bed rest, but I won't know that until I go back to the doctor this Thursday. I am about to go crazy and it has only been 4 days!!!!

What things did you guys do to keep your sanity if you were put on bed rest during your pregnancy?
Bedrest for what? Pre-term labor or high BP?

If it's pre-term labor, you might want to research it while you're lying down (it'll give you something to do). Bedrest has not been shown to make any difference in length of pregnancy, but bedrest is proven to be detrimental to a woman's health (as well as her social and financial situations). Bedrest causes muscle wasting, deep vein thrombosis, weightloss, even fetal low birthweight. OB's prescribe bedrest for up to 25% of all pregnant women, despite it not being proved to improve anything. Preterm birth rates have not improved. Research it. Start with pubmed.com and search "bedrest preterm labor" or "bedrest preterm birth" and read the studies.

Bedrest does help high BP though, although I think I've read recently that "taking it easy" works just as well. You can research that on pubmed.com also...searching for "pre-eclampsia bedrest" or "pregnancy induced hypertension bedrest".
RCW, I had a rescue cerclage put in, so I am on bedrest until I go back for my check-up on Thursday.
RCW, I had a rescue cerclage put in, so I am on bedrest until I go back for my check-up on Thursday.
Originally Posted by FieryCurls

Yeah, I think that's automatic bedrest til they see how the cervix reacts. Bedrest might go on a long time.

I would suggest reading and knitting. If you don't know how to knit, now's a perfect time to learn. I hope you have help around the house and stuff. Good luck to you.
With Colin, I was on bedrest for 7 weeks for showing signs of pre-e and it SUUUUCKED.

I went through the entire Danielle Steele collection, watched as many Lifetime movies as I could stomach, slept, and had my husband set up a wireless network in our house so I could stay in touch with people online. I was confined pretty much to the couch and I had to stay on my left side for at least 15 minutes out of every hour.

I was lucky to have an amazing child care provider who took over watching Emma (who was not even 18 months yet) 5 days a week. My husband did all the cooking and cleaning. For a control freak like myself, it was hard to let other people do everything, but I knew it was for the health of my baby.

Good luck! Hopefully the bedrest is temporary!
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Phcow, I am also having a hard time letting go and letting my fiance do everything. It is so frustrating to not even be able to fix myself some food!!!
Can you take up any arts and crafts projects? Maybe you can work on something for the baby.

What about renting some TV shows on DVD? If it's one you like with multiple seasons, it could get you through quite a few hours.

I hope you find something to keep you occupied! Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy.

Phcow, I am also having a hard time letting go and letting my fiance do everything. It is so frustrating to not even be able to fix myself some food!!!
Originally Posted by FieryCurls
Oh, believe me, I know what you're feeling! I had to keep telling myself that even if he did things differently, they were still getting done and I was on bed rest for the good of my baby.

Hang in there!
God doesn't give special kids to special parents. He takes ordinary, imperfect people, and gifts them with his greatest treasures. And therein, he creates special parents.

I was on bedrest for 3 months of my pregnancy. I was diagnosed with an incompetent cervix at 24 weeks and it was too late at that point to go with the cerclage, so I was put on strict bedrest at home.

It was a difficult 3 months, but I spent my time reading, doing crossword puzzles, doing needlepoint, watching movies, and of course surfing the net. My husband and parents were phenomenal during this time and did everything (I was only allowed up to use the bathroom, shower every few days and make a sandwich if necesssary - which usually someone prepared for me).

How far along are you?

Hang in there - hopefully its only temporary for you. My daughter was born at 39 weeks and I truly believe the bedrest helped me to avoid going into pre-term labor.

Good Luck!
I was on bedrest for 3 months of my pregnancy. I was diagnosed with an incompetent cervix at 24 weeks and it was too late at that point to go with the cerclage, so I was put on strict bedrest at home.

It was a difficult 3 months, but I spent my time reading, doing crossword puzzles, doing needlepoint, watching movies, and of course surfing the net. My husband and parents were phenomenal during this time and did everything (I was only allowed up to use the bathroom, shower every few days and make a sandwich if necesssary - which usually someone prepared for me).

How far along are you?

Hang in there - hopefully its only temporary for you. My daughter was born at 39 weeks and I truly believe the bedrest helped me to avoid going into pre-term labor.

Good Luck!
Originally Posted by kimberly j
I am 19 weeks. I really hope that I am told that I can go back to work since I will be sitting down completely while I work. I think my sanity depends on it and we definitely need the money.

For those you that were on bedrest, who took care of you while your husband was at work?
I was on my own during the day while my husband was at work. He filled up a cooler jug of ice & water and put a cup next to my bed so I could refill throughout the day. He also made a sandwich or had a bowl of soup ready for lunch so I only had to get up and grab it from the fridge or throw it in the microwave.

My mom works for an elementary school, so she was able to come visit after work (which she was at my house by 3:00 in the afternoon) and she did laundry & vaccuumed and started our dinner some times. Then she went home when my husband got home from work. I know it was rough on them as well, but I wouldn't have made it through without them being so great.

I also have a big ol' furchild (black lab) who was my buddy. He kept me company throughout the day (although he couldn't do much in the way of taking care of me).

It was some of the hardest few weeks of my life physically & mentally, but I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat if I had to. I wore the support stockings on my legs to prevent blood clots. The bedrest really took a toll on me physically. It was a good several months after birth (I had a c-section) until I could walk somewhere without getting slightly winded.

Financially it was rough - I was lucky enough to have a short-term disability plan that helped. I did have to go back to work 8 weeks after my daughter was born though.

I hope you get the green light to return to work too. Please keep us posted on how you are doing.


Fiery......how are you doing? Hope your appointment went well!
Kimberly, thanks for asking about me. I was told at my appointment on Thursday that the drs. want me on bedrest for at least 2 more weeks and then I can probably go back to work, but they will want to see my every week. They said that they want me off my feet just a little while longer because my surgery was necessary and not ellective.
Kimberly, thanks for asking about me. I was told at my appointment on Thursday that the drs. want me on bedrest for at least 2 more weeks and then I can probably go back to work, but they will want to see my every week. They said that they want me off my feet just a little while longer because my surgery was necessary and not ellective.
Originally Posted by FieryCurls


Glad to hear that it sounds like you'll be able to get up and about soon and return to some normal activities.

Do you mind if I ask a few questions about the cerclage? By the time my doctors found what was going on with my first pregnancy, it was too late for a cerclage. If I get pregnant again (which my husband and I would like another child in the next year or so), I fear I may have to get the cerclage.
You get an epidural to get the cerclage, correct?
Will you be restricted to what you can lift and do once you are off of bedrest?
Did they advise as to when they'll remove the cerclage? (I thought I read somewhere that it is typically removed around 37 weeks).

I know your circumstances may be totally different than mine, but I've not known anyone that had to have the cerclage, so its nice to get some information in case I have to go that route someday.
Kimberly, I am also considered to be too late to put in a cerclage, but my dr. said that it was necessary because I was dialating very much. I don't remember the exact measurements that she gave me, because it was such a stressful time and so much happened in such a short amount of time, but she said that it was very likely that I would deliver the baby very soon if the cerclage wasn't put in. I was only 19 weeks at the time, so the baby wouldn't really have any kind of chance of surviving.

I was told that I will have to have a cerclage with each pregnancy and that my cervix is incredibly thin.

I did have an epidural. They did a saddleblock on me. It was incredibly weird not to be able to feel anything below my waist. It was about 5 minutes into the procedure until I knew that anyone was touching me down there.

I have been told that I shouldn't lift anything over 5lbs and that I will definitely need to be sitting the entire time that I am at work, if I am able to go back.

I was told that the cerclage will be taken out at approx. 37 weeks and I will be watched for a few hours to see if I go into labor.

I had never heard of an "incompetent cervix" until last week, so it is kind of nice to know that there are other people that can relate to the stress that it causes. I will try to answer any questions that you might have, so ask away.
Fiery -

I completely understand the stress you are talking about. That time that I was diagnosed & put on bedrest was the most stress I've ever felt. I even received the steriod shots to help in the development of my daughter's lungs in case she was born prematurely, so I was preparing myself for a pre-term baby.

I would like to have gotten pregnant again before now, but if I have to have a cerclage put in, that will severely limit what I can do with my daughter. She still needs held & carried at times and I don't want to miss out on that. I'm afraid she would become resentful of the baby, etc. because mommy wouldn't be able to do all that she was used to doing. I have a lot of fears with getting pregnant again and don't know what I'll have to go through. I was advised that at 10 weeks they would send me to see a specialist and decisions would be made from there. So, for now our plans are to start trying at the end of this year, but that's a long way away.

Thanks for sharing your information. I do hope that all goes well for you and your little one stays in where he or she belongs for the next 20 weeks!! Please keep us posted as you go.

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