At first, the idea of “bed rest” might seem like a breeze. I mean, what's not to like about having to stay off your feet and have someone wait on you? Unfortunately, bed rest can get old, and boring really fast. I was on bed rest toward the end of my first pregnancy, and it didn't take long for me to start fighting the urge to just get up and do something! In my case, it was only for a few days, but some of my friends have had to endure much longer stretches – some for months – in order to carry their babies to term. If you're facing long term bed rest, here are some creative ways to pass the time and make the most of this temporary season in your pregnancy.
Pick Up A Good Book
Once baby gets here – your time to curl up with a good book is going to be very limited, at least for a little while, so now's the time to finish that novel, read those parenting books that are stacked on your nightstand, or attack that pile of magazines on the coffee table.
Write It Down
Start a journal for your baby. Take time to write about all the feelings and experiences of your pregnancy, your hopes for your child, and have dad get in on the journal, too! If you're more interested in digital options, you can start an online blog in a matter of minutes, and share your pregnancy journey with others. Blogging is also a great way to make connections with other moms.
Call in Those Reinforcements
If you have other children, you may have to call for backup. While you'll be able to do some things for them, most likely, someone else is going to have to come in and help with the childcare duties. Try and keep things as close to normal as possible, and use this time to play board games, or read a chapter book together as a family each night. Help them work on a special project for the baby, like a painting for the nursery or a scrapbook. Also, don't be afraid to ask for help with things like laundry, housework, or meals. Dad can only do so much, and he'll need breaks now and again – especially if he's working outside the home, too.
Keep it Within Arm's Reach
As you get settled for the day, make sure that all of the things you'll need are close by. Keep things like snacks, water bottles, tissues, books, a hairbrush, hand cream, and lip balm in a basket that can go where you do. Keep the phone and laptop (along with their chargers!) within close reach, and keep the TV remote handy, too.
While bed rest can be a daunting, tiring, and frustrating task, the end goal is always a healthy mom and a healthy baby. Don't despair over this time. It's a blip on the radar in the grand scheme of things. Before you know it, these days of bed rest will be behind you and you'll be holding your baby in your arms.