7 Tips for Coping with Bed Rest During Pregnancy

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5. Self-Improvement & Exercise

If you don’t have a laptop computer, rent one or borrow one from a friend, as it will be a vital portal to the outside world. Have you always wanted to learn a foreign language or take a course in graphic design? Bed rest is a great opportunity for self-improvement. Enroll in online courses and check some items off your bucket list. You may also spend this time writing the novel you’ve never had time to author, or finally crafting that patchwork quilt that has always eluded you.

Exercising your brain and mental health will help you cope with bed rest, and exercising your body to the extent you’re allowed will keep you in good health as well. Ask your doctor for exercises you may do in bed (many women are not allowed to exercise at all while on bed rest), to help keep you in shape and to promote circulation.

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6. Get Pampered

Getting a prenatal massage, a manicure and pedicure, or a facial may do wonders for your outlook while on bed rest. Again, be sure to ask your doctor or midwife if all of the above are allowed, given your specific condition. Call your local spas and ask them to refer you to massage therapists, nail technicians and facialists who make house calls — or ask friends for referrals.

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7. Bond with Your Husband/Partner/Children

In today’s demanding world, many families are running around at a frantic pace which leaves little time to connect with loved ones. Being placed on bed rest can result in a lot of family stress and strife as the dynamics and routine of your household are turned upside down — and there’s little left in your control while you depend on others for care. There’s nothing romantic or glamorous about bed rest, (sex is usually completely out of the cards), but it does force you to slow down, or come to a severe halt in your daily life. The silver lining of bed rest may be sleeping in and enjoying breakfast in bed with your partner in the middle of the week, or curling up in bed and watching late night movies — teaching your child how to sew or play Chess, and bonding with your family in ways you never previously had time for.

How did you cope with bed rest? Do you have any tips you’d like to share? Please do so in the comments section below!

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