What to Know About Pregnancy Bed Rest




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The idea of bed rest can seem really scary if you don’t know much about it. Many do not know what they can or cannot do on bed rest or even why they might be prescribed it. While only 20 percent of pregnant women are put on bed rest, it’s best to know the facts.

Generally, doctors prescribe bed rest when certain levels of activity may make a condition worse and/or jeopardize your pregnancy. Below are the conditions that may cause you to be put on bed rest:

  • Vaginal Bleeding
  • Problems with Placenta
  • Incompetent Cervix
  • Signs and Symptoms of Preterm Labor
  • High Blood Pressure (preeclampsia or eclampsia)
  • Cervical Effacement
  • History of Pregnancy or Stillbirth
  • Poor Fetal Development
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Multiples

There are two types of bed rest: reduced activity at home or work and reduced activity at hospital. With reduced activity at home or work, the amount of activity you can do varies from woman to woman, depending on her situation. You may have to just take a rest a few times a day, you may have to stay in bed, or you may have anything in between. If you need to be monitored consistently, you will be put on reduced activity at the hospital.

If you are put on bed rest and are not allowed to leave your bed, you will need to do some planning. Have water, snacks, and entertainment on hand so that you don’t have to move around or constantly ask someone else to bring you things. However, you should have someone there with you to help with anything you may need ,  and  with your children. Also, make sure to lay on your side, preferably your left, and avoid laying on your stomach or back.

You will need to find things to keep yourself busy. Prepare for the arrival of your baby. Take up a new hobby or catch up on your favorite shows. Most importantly, make sure you rest up. Once your baby is here, you will wish you did.

If you get put on bed rest, or are worried that you might be, talk to your doctor. While it can seem inconvenient, if your doctor prescribes bed rest, it’s because they feel it’s for the best.

 

By: Alecia Stanton







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