If You Have To Rest It Might As Well Be In Bed
During pregnancy, you may find yourself constantly busy, taking care of older children to preparing for your new baby, but there are plenty of ways you can survive. Being told you need to be on bed rest may seem frightening and overwhelming. A woman may be placed on bed rest for various reasons, including bleeding due to placenta previa or contractions caused by preterm labor. Surviving bedrest is possible by following a few tips to ease boredom and make the experience a little more enjoyable.
1) Spend Time With Your Partner
If you are a first-time mom, chances are your life will change dramatically once your baby is born. Having a baby is a joyous occasion, but it also means most of your time will be spent caring for the baby and meeting his or her basic needs. Take time to really enjoy your spouse during the time you are on bed rest. Watch movies together, create a birth plan and decide on a name for your baby. If your spouse has had to take over parenting for your other children and all the household chores, make sure you acknowledge him by ordering a special gift and showing your appreciation. If you have other children at home, invite them to your room to help them with schoolwork or to watch an episode of their favorite TV show.
2) Create a Scrapbook
Take the time you are on bed rest to create a scrapbook for your new baby. Leave open spaces for pictures of your new baby, and add embellishments and ribbon to decorate the book. If you have other children, take the time to complete their baby books or have them help you create a special book for their new sister or brother.
Order books about pregnancy and parenting to read while you are on bed rest. If you plan to breastfeed, order books about lactation and how to breastfeed successfully. Order magazines that are geared towards parenting and clip any articles you find interesting. Take this time to read the latest novel by your favorite author or articles in your local newspaper. If your spouse has had to take over grocery shopping, use this time to create a list for them and clip coupons.
4) Reach Out For Help
While not being able to accomplish tasks on your own may leave you feeling helpless, it is important to have a support system during this time. Ask friends or family members to stop by and visit as much as you are comfortable with. If you have older children, ask a trusted friend or family member to take them on a special outing. Network with other mothers through online forums and discussion boards. By talking with others who are going through a similar experience, you will feel less alone.
5) Prepare For Your Baby
The Internet provides mothers on bed rest with a wide range of places to shop. Bring your laptop to bed with you and look through various online stores for baby furniture and supplies. Cribs, clothing and diapers can be purchased online and delivered directly to your door.
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